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INDIA

SRI LANKA | NEPAL | BHUTAN


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House Of Travel and TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS – Better Together At House of Travel we went in search for a travel partner who would provide our customers with the best India & Sri Lanka has to offer. We wanted to work with a reputable company that has knowledge and expertise, inspiring group tours and tailor made itineraries to meet your travel dreams. We wanted reassurance that our customers would receive the best service and experiences possible. House of Travel are pleased to partner with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. With 34 years of operation in India and Sri Lanka, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS have also been operating their own office in New Zealand for the past 14 years, meaning we have expertise at our fingertips as well as staff on the ground where it matters most – in the country you are travelling. We can create the most rewarding, stimulating and inspirational itineraries for you, with expert local English speaking guides and reputable vehicles throughout the country. We know that with their specialist approach and professional team, your journey to this magical part of the world will be a memorable one.

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With over 35 years’ destination expertise and with 38 offices on the ground, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has been a backbone and ground operator for thousands of small, independent and large travel companies across the globe. This means you’ll enjoy a wealth of choices you simply won’t find with anyone else. Whether it’s our Small Group Journeys or our Bespoke, Private Escorted Tours, we prepare our tours according to your wish list, interests, style and pace of travel. The TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS team ensure that every itinerary is well balanced and introduces you to centuries-old amazing cultural experiences, breath-taking scenery and historical sites. Most of the must-see attractions and must-do activities are included, giving you the opportunity to witness the sights, taste the delicious cuisine, visit bazaars for souvenirs, meet and experience the life of the locals, with plenty of free time to explore locations the way you want to.

TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is: the source the destination management company the ground operator the travel wholesaler multi award-winning experienced accredited respected

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We invite you to embark on an unforgettable journey, carefully crafted by our team of passionate people who know these destinations intimately. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is the source and ground operator for many global companies. When it comes to designing tours for our guests, we pay attention to every small detail and go the extra mile to craft tours that will delight. An appetite to deliver the perfect holiday impels us to think beyond the ordinary and we are proud of our team who strive to deliver excellence with every tour. This brochure is an encyclopaedia of the destinations and itineraries we make available to you – a glimpse of our 35 years of research and experience in these countries. We are confident that you will find your perfect holiday with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. Don’t forget that we craft outstanding bespoke tours if you wish to tailor a holiday to your unique desires.

Contents 11

Small Group Journeys

11

Solo Journeys

16

Women’s Getaway

21

Golden Tours

26

Options for everyone

40

Land & River Cruising

50

Bespoke, Private Escorted Tours

64

Family Holidays

67

Honeymoon Tours

70

Wildlife Tours

74

Golfing Tours

77

Luxury Train Journeys

80

Unique Experiences & Short Tours

90

Sri Lanka

96 Nepal 99 Bhutan 101

Booking Form

102

Booking Conditions

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India

Sri Lanka

Travelling to India is not so much a journey but an experience. It’s size, diversity, beauty and careless flowing of countless cultures make a journey through India a continuous Cinerama. India embraces you, looks at you, evaluates you, turns you inside out and ensures that the guest of India has an incredible experience.

Situated just 32kms off the coast of India, the island formerly known as Ceylon is home to 20 million people. The gorgeous land of Sri Lanka has many nicknames, each of which describes its unique features. This island country, because of its geographical location, is known as the “Teardrop of India” and its cultural richness has earned it the title of the “Pearl of the Orient”. The counrty is known by a flotilla of aliases. The “Resplendent Isle” is a country of picturesque beaches, tea plantations and ancient cities. Scuba dive, visit a lagoon of singing fish, and explore dense jungles, shrines and temples.

The magic, the mystery... we make it yours

A land like no other

Welcome onboard and witness a canvas of majestic landscapes, snow-capped mountains, endless plains, virgin beaches, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, fantastic fairs and festivals and museums, known to be the best in the world.

SRINAGAR

TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS offices across the countries

AMRITSAR SHIMLA CHANDIGARH DMC Head Office

DELHI

BIKANER

KATHMANDU

JAISALMER

GANGTOK

AGRA JAIPUR

JODHPUR GANDHINAGAR

DMC Head Office

LUCKNOW VARANASI KHAJURAHO

UDAIPUR

KOLKATA

BHUBANESHWAR

AURANGABAD MUMBAI

DMC Head Office

HYDERABAD

YANGON

GOA

BANGALORE

CHENNAI PORT BLAIR

COCHIN THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

DMC Head Office

COLOMBO

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Why TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS? Best value Deluxe & luxury accommodation Escorted Balanced itinerary

Inclusive Smaller group size Window seats Free time

With TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS, you will:

Stay at the finest, carefully selected hotels in their category

Creating Memories

Holiday styles are evolving and everyone is redefining a meaning of luxury. Being a Destination Management Company and Ground Operator, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is not only responsible for its own growth but also thousands of travel and touring companies across the globe who depend on our expertise and challenge us to find new and inspiring ways of creating lasting memories.

Whether it’s new touring ideas, unique activities or cultural experiences, our team of local experts are continuously looking to find hidden gems. The touring options offered in this brochure are just a glimpse of what TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS offer.

Be met on arrival by a THO Tour Executive in all major destinations

Enjoy local, regional and international culinary experiences

Experience the must-do and must-see attractions, sightseeing, excursions, events, unique activities and the local culture

Benefit from the exceptional insight and expertise of our local Tour Guides and Tour Managers

Have peace of mind knowing transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and culinary experience are clearly defined and included.

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A boundless variety of accommodation Choosing your accommodation is not difficult with the number of locations on offer. We have collated a list of our preferred hotels, a few of which are mentioned below. In our small group journeys, deluxe category accommodations are selected which includes a mix of unique / boutique and luxury accommodation. For our bespoke and chauffeurdriven holidays, you can choose from a selection of top luxury hotels to unique and boutique options. We don’t

favour any specific brand and our preferred accommodation selection is based on the feedback of our guests as well as extensive research. Our hotel contracting team ensures our hand-picked selection provides consistency and aweinspiring services, fine dining restaurants, a good selection of amenities and facilities, all with the best experience and at a great value.

Jaypee Palace

The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort

Laxmi Niwas Palace

Taj Rambagh Palace

Jaypee Group of Hotels, India

Lalit Group of Hotels, India

India

Taj Group of Hotels, India

The Golden Crown

Cinnamon Bey

Chena Huts

Jetwing Vil Uyana

Sri Lanka

Cinnamon Group of Hotels, Sri Lanka

Uga Group of Hotels, Sri Lanka

Jetwing Hotels, Sri Lanka

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Important information Passport and Tourist Visas

INDIA: Visa is required and can be obtained online up to 6 months before arrival by visiting www.indianvisaonline. gov.in/visa SRI LANKA: Visa is required and can be obtained online by visiting www.eta.gov.lk at least 30 days before arrival in Sri Lanka. NEPAL: Visa is required and can be obtained on arrival. BHUTAN: Visa is required, we can help obtain a visa if the tour is booked with us. MYANMAR: Visa is required and can be applied online by visiting www.evisa.moip.gov.mm at least 30 days before arrival in Myanmar. In most cases, you will receive an acknowledgement email immediately and visa is usually approved within 2-3 working days unless there are reasons for decline.

Discounts and Savings We are a family people so always love a discount to use during a holiday. Therefore we offer discounts if you are travelling on any of our small group tours: Save 5% when you book early (a minimum 10-12

months in advance)

Save 5 to 10% when travelling together as a group of

six or more passengers

Save 5% if you have already travelled with us within

the last 2 years

When you combine two or more tours in one holiday,

save 5% on your second and onwards tour package

For more details please refer to booking conditions at the end of the brochure.

Hotel Grading

Deluxe: A great mix of 5 and 4-star hotels, boutique palaces and heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities. Luxury: 5-star hotels, palaces and heritage properties offering a full range of facilities and exceptional services. Premium: Unique 5-star resorts, hotels, palaces and heritage properties offering an extensive range of facilities and outstanding services.

Important Note: Where destinations have less choice in accommodation, the best available category of hotels is provided. On Bespoke, Private Escorted Tours It is also possible to take a combination of deluxe, luxury and premium accommodation in one itinerary. Nepal, being an adventure destination, the choices of accommodation are limited. To ensure a comfortable standard of service we have used 4* & 5* accommodations. In Bhutan basic standard hotel accommodation is used unless requested. Myanmar Tourism is in its developing stage and hotels are limited. Best available 4* & 5* accommodations are used in the packages. Rating is based on Govt certification as well as THO standard.

TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Ground Transport All our transportation comes with an experienced driver for your tour. Our deluxe and luxury tour packages include a large vehicle for additional comfort and space. When passengers are in a group of 4-8, a mini coach is used. Where more than 9 passengers are travelling in a group, medium or large coaches will be used to accommodate the number of passengers and their luggage.

Medium Vehicle

Large Vehicle

Tata Indigo/Suzuki Dzire

Mini Coach Tempo Traveller

Vehicle type may vary from country to country and place to place though all our vehicles are air-conditioned, except in remote Himalayan, Bhutan and Kashmir regions and a few places in Myanmar where air-conditioning is not available or is unnecessary. In national parks and sanctuaries, open-top vehicles are used.

x10

Including driver

Including driver & assistant

Toyota Innova

Medium Coach

Mini Van Including driver

x20-27 Including driver & assistant

Toyota Hiace

Large Coach

x10

Including driver & assistant

x35-45 Including driver & assistant

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Looking after you isn’t just our job – it’s our passion Local Experts We are the source, the Destination Management Company, Ground Operator and wholesaler, offering nothing but the best in its category. Inclusive and Guaranteed Our price covers everything as mentioned on the tour page. Price is guaranteed once your deposit has been paid. 100% Guaranteed Departure Every departure is guaranteed as mentioned on the tour page. So book and relax knowing the tour will not be cancelled unless there are circumstances beyond our control. Small Group Size Average group size is between 6-10 people with a maximum of 16 people. Bespoke, Private Escorted Tours Our team of local experts can create a bespoke itinerary considering your interest, style and wishlist. Travel Companions When you book in Australia and New Zealand rest assured the tour cohort will be your fellow citizens only. THO Assistance From start to end of your tour, check-in and check-out, arrivals and departures are assisted by any of our 38 local and regional THO office teams. 24/7 Helpline For peace of mind, 24/7 emergency help is available to you. Meet and Greet and Transfers Just look for a THO Tour Executive as soon as you emerge from the airport arrival lounge. All transfers are included so you can focus on the tour experience.

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More Free Time Our carefully designed itineraries are leisurely paced and offer enough time to explore. Carefully Selected Accommodation Hotels in every tour are carefully selected according to its location, restaurants, character, service, facilities and value. Must-do and Must-see Being local our team knows the destination well and ensures every tour includes the must-do activities and must-see locations of the area. Wireless Connectivity Every THO guest enjoys free Wi-Fi while touring on most coaches, cars and hotels. Travel in Comfort & Style Window seats and panoramic views for everyone is our priority. For 16 people we offer 32-45 seater coaches. Experienced and Licensed Tour Managers Our Tour Managers are historians, great storytellers and government licensed, with 10-12 years of experience. Local Tour Guides Our destination Tour Guides are local and belong to many different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. No Early Starts Enjoy your leisurely breakfast as most activity starts after 8.30am unless specified due to its importance. 99.99% Guest Satisfaction We acknowledge your trust and do everything possible to ensure you return home with only great experiences.


Solo Journeys Exclusive tours for solo tavellers Our Solo Journeys are for those who love travelling solo but also enjoy the company of like-minded people.

Small Group Journeys


Solo’s India 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 04 FROM NZ $

4,219 PP

Over 12 days this tour of North India reveals a number of its most famous sights and fairy-tale-like palaces. Exclusively designed for solo travellers who love travelling with likeminded people but like the comfort of having own private accommodation. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival THO Tour Manager will welcome us at the airport arrival lounge and transfer to the airport for two nights stay. B D Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing Enjoy breakfast and an introduction to the tour before starting full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial, Bangla Sahib Temple and Spice Market in Old Delhi followed by rickshaw ride. B D Day 3: Delhi – Agra After leisurely breakfast travel to Agra, home to India’s most famous

What’s included:

landmark, the Taj Mahal. A poem of white marble, the Taj is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. Evening relax or enjoy various optional activities. Stay two nights. B D Day 4: Agra Early morning visit Taj Mahal, the epitome of love, built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones are used in the intricate inlay work. This magnificent monument is built on traditional Persian architecture

style ’four gardens’ plan split by watercourses. After breakfast visit Agra Fort, built by Emperor Akbar and the Itimad-Ud-Daulah Tomb also known as the Baby Taj, another fine example of Mughal architecture. B D Day 5: Agra – Bharatpur Travel to Bharatpur, famous for Keoladeo Ghana National Park, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Late afternoon enjoy a rickshaw ride through Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a 29sq km UNESCO World Heritage Site, is arguably India’s most spectacular bird

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Monument entrance fees Rickshaw ride in Bharatpur Tribal village walks Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes

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DELUXE

Small Group Journeys

sanctuary. Each year before the arrival of winter, thousands of birds migrate from the frozen waters of Siberia, Tibet, Mongolia and Eastern Europe to India. Stay overnight in Bharatpur B D Day 6: Bharatpur – Jaipur After breakfast travel to Jaipur, enroute visit Abhaneri Stepwell - one of the largest stepwells in India, which dated back to 10th century. Afternoon enjoy a hands-on experience with block printing while visiting a local store and witness how precious and semiprecious stone is cut to perfection. Evening free to relax and stay two nights. B D Day 7: Jaipur Start full-day sightseeing tour with an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort, en-route photo stop at Hawa Mahal. Later visit City Palace Museum; boasts to have some of the priceless collections and Jantar Mantar; one of the famed observatories. Late afternoon women will have Heena painting and men will learn the art of Rajasthani Turban tying.

Day 8: Jaipur – Jodhpur Today you will experience the feeling of travelling back in time with a journey to Jodhpur, while you catch a glimpse of the splendour and magnificence of this ancient desert city built on the edge of the Thar Desert. Afternoon free explore bazar and find souvenirs. B

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B D Day 9: Jodhpur Visit to Mehrangarh Fort built by Rao Jodha in 1459; one of the largest forts in India, the beauty and grandeur of numerous palaces inside narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures. Afternoon free to relax of explore local bazaar. B D Day 10: Jodhpur – Udaipur Morning after breakfast check out of the hotel and travel towards the lake city Udaipur, En-route pass lush green valleys, streams and heart capturing views before visiting Ranakpur, with intricately carved marble Pillars and Domes. Tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravalli ranges, it boasts of one of the largest and most important Jain Temples in the country. Stay two nights at Udaipur.

Day 11: Udaipur Start a day with walking tour of Trible Village to experience lifestyle of locals. Later visit City Palace one of the most famous architectural marvels of the city and Crystal Gallery and conclude your day with boat ride on Lake Pichola. B

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B Day 12: Udaipur Departure After breakfast tour finish with direct transfer to Udaipur airport to board flight for onward destination.

Delhi 2 Jaipur 2 2 Jodhpur 2 Udaipur

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

SOLO

2019

NZ$

21 Sep-2 Oct

4,219

19-30 Oct

4,219

16-27 Nov

4,219

15-26 Dec

4,319

2020

NZ$

11-22 Jan

4,219

8-19 Feb

4,219

7-18 Mar

4,319

4-15 Apr

4,219

2-13 May

4,219

5-16 Sep

4,457

3-14 Oct

4,457

31 Oct-11 Nov

4,457

28 Nov-9 Dec

4,457

26 Dec-6 Jan 21

4,557

2021

“Oh WOW! I think I am still coming back down to earth! I cannot thank you enough for my most amazing time in India. Everyone was wonderful, so caring and exceptional service everywhere. The guides in each city were so knowledgeable, friendly, perfect! I cannot fault anything about the trip and be assured I am and will be, recommending you to everyone I speak to!” – Suzanne Laister

2 Agra Bharatpur

1

NZ$

30 Jan-10 Feb

4,457

27 Feb-10 Mar

4,457

27 Mar-7 Apr

4,557

25 Apr-6 May

4,457

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $120pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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Dambulla Cave Temple

Solo’s Sri Lanka 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 04 FROM NZ $

4,899 PP

We invite you to explore this superb destination, visiting the ancient cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sigiriya and Dambulla and spotting wild elephants, reptiles and birds in Minneriya National Park. Enjoy the bustling city of Kandy where you may explore the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the magnificent Peredeniya Botanical Gardens. Travel to Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the misty experience of the tea gardens there. Finish your holiday with a spectacular beach stay and feel the accomplishment of having covering all the major highlights of Sri Lanka. Day 1: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Colombo.

a standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers. Stay two nights in Dambulla.

B D Day 2: Colombo After leisurely breakfast and short briefing of the tour we start city sightseeing tour by Tuk Tuk as locals do. Visiting iconic sights, bazars, church and temples before concluding our day with welcome dinner.

B D Day 4: Sigiriya & Minneriya Discover the 5th century ancient clifftop fortress of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This imposing citadel sites known as “Lion’s Rock” and explore the ruins of ancient palaces, moats, shrines, frescoes and water gardens as you take in commanding vistas of the misty forests beyond.

B D Day 3: Colombo – Dambulla Today travel to Dambulla, later visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a World Heritage site by UNESCO which remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country,

B D Day 5: Dambulla – Kandy Travel to Kandy, en-route visit the magnificent Dambulla Cave Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Built in the 1st century BC and a spice garden, where you can take a walk round the

What’s included:

garden to see how they grow and learn about spices and Ayurvedic medicine. Continue towards Kandy, this Royal city was the last indigenous capital and is said to be the most picturesque of all the cities as it nestles in the hills with the lake at the bottom. Stay two nights in Kandy. B D Day 6: Kandy Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is the most visited temple and known to be the only temple in the world with a tooth relic of Buddha. Later take a leisurely walk round the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens and explore local bazars. Enjoy a traditional cultural show in theatre and witness dancers performing traditional dances accompanied by folk music.

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DELUXE

Small Group Journeys

Nuwara Eliya Day 7: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya B D Travel to Nuwara Eliya also known as little England through thousands of acres of Tea Plantations and some breath-taking views as you slowly climb up through the hills. Visit a Tea Factory to see just how tea is produced and remaining day is free to relax or explore. Stay two nights in Nuwara Eliya. B D Day 8: Nuwara Eliya Today enjoy a walk through the Horton Plains another UNESCO World Heritage Site to see World’s End where on a clear day, you can see the drop of over 3000ft and the coast approx. 50 miles away. Evening enjoy a High-Tea at the and feel the British Era in this colonial building.

Day 9-11: Nuwara Eliya – B D Unawatuna Travel to Unawatuna, a beach destination on the South Coast where you can unwind and enjoy the golden sands beaches. Between November to April this is the best place to do whale watching and most common being Blue Whales, Dolphins and Sperm Whales. Whale watching is not included and can be booked with the tour. Stay three nights in Unawatuna. May – September Unawatuna will be replaced with Trincomalee or Passikudah.

Day 12: Unawatuna – Colombo B After breakfast travel to Colombo. Enroute enjoy a walk-through Galle’s historic 17C Dutch Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If time permits we explore the Galle face green and enjoy farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Tour finish by evening with direct transfer to Colombo international airport where you board your onward flight.

Minneriya

(NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES 2019

2 Kandy 2 Nuwara Eliya

SOLO NZ$

2-13 Oct

4,899

30 Oct-10 Nov

4,899

27 Nov-8 Dec

4,899

26 Dec-6 Jan 20

5,099

2020

NZ$

22 Jan-2 Feb

5,099

19 Feb-1 Mar

4,899

18-29 Mar

4,899

15-26 Apr

4,899

13 May-24 Apr

4,899

16-27 Sep

5,176

14-25 Oct

5,176

11-22 Nov

5,176

9-20 Dec

5,176

2021

Dambulla 2

2 Colombo

Departure & Pricing

NZ$

6-17 Jan

5,376

10-21 Feb

5,376

10-21 Mar

5,176

7-18 Apr

5,176

6-17 May

5,176

Tour notes:

3 Unawatuna

New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $120pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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Women’s Getaway Exclusive tours for women Small Group Journeys

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DELUXE

Small Group Journeys

Women’s Getaway to India 15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

4,999 PP

This tour is designed for women with different activities and experiences, ensuring the must-see-and-do features of the area are covered. We take you to the cities – rich in history and the monumental splendour, treat your self with optional spa and relaxation theraphy and shop to find some of India’s trademark unique brassware, handicrafts, leather, silver, marble, carpets, paintings and textiles. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy breakfast before starting a city tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial, Chandni Chowk and the largest spice market. B D Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi Transfer to board the morning flight to Varanasi. Known for its cultural experience and one of the oldest living city in the world, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving. We enjoy an afternoon at the silk weaving village observing the art of silk weaving and shop for beautiful souvenirs. Evening witness the grand prayer ceremony at the Ghats. Stay two nights at Varanasi.

B D Day 4: Varanasi An early morning start for a heritage walk and sunrise boat ride on the Ganges to witness the perpetual movement of the pilgrims on the steps. After breakfast enjoy a city tour and then in the afternoon take an excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon at the deer park after his enlightenment. B D Day 5: Varanasi – Agra After breakfast we board a flight to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. The city is still associated with the Mughals who were great builders. Remainder of the day is free to relax. Stay two nights in Agra. B D Day 6: Agra An early start to visit the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument of love and devotion with its superb craftsmanship

of semi-precious stones inlaid in the marble. After breakfast visit the impressive 16th century Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah. Conclude the day with a visit to a marble inlay workshop to see artisans creating a masterpiece in marble and precious gemstones. B D Day 7: Agra – Jaipur Travel to Jaipur. En-route we stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted city of the Mughals. Afternoon enjoy a handson experience with block printing while visiting a local store and witness how precious and semiprecious stone is cut to perfection. Evening free to relax and stay two nights. B D Day 8: Jaipur Morning city sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, and Jantar Mantar, the openair astronomical observatory. Take a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal,

What’s included:

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English-speaking tour guide Monument entrance fees Airfare Delhi-Varanasi-Agra and Jodhpur-Mumbai in economy class Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi Boat ride on River Ganges Jeep ride at Amber Fort Heena full hand painting Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 17


Deogarh Mahal followed by the huge City Palace complex, home to the Maharaja with a fascinating museum containing his personal collection. Afternoon free to relax or explore bazaar. Day 9: Jaipur – Deogarh Palace B D Travel to experience rural village life in which once was a very important area of Mewar aristocracy. We will stay at Deogarh Mahal, a truly remarkable luxury palace hotel where every room of the palace tells the story of a bygone era. Evening is free to explore the village. Enjoy two nights stay at Deogarh Mahal. Day 10: Deogarh Palace Morning enjoy an experience into the Aravalli Hills by local Meter gauge train on 1930’s British Track. Afternoon take a jeep ride to witness rural India where people tending to their fields, cattle and living in complete harmony with nature. B

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B D Day 11: Deogarh – Jodhpur Today we make our way to Jodhpur. Evening explore the famous Sadar Bazaar, our local Heena painting

experts will surprise you with their designs for your hands. Stay two nights in Jodhpur. Day 12: Jodhpur Enjoy a city tour and visit Jaswant Thada and Mehrangarh Fort, one of the best-preserved forts in India. Rest of the day free to relax at the poolside or go shopping. B

D

B D Day 13: Jodhpur – Mumbai After a leisurely breakfast board your flight to Mumbai, famous for Bollywood, local and international fashion brands and also home to a wide assortment of local markets and boutiques. Stay two nights in Mumbai. B D Day 14:Mumbai We enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Mumbai, visiting the Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India and Dhobi Ghat. The remainder of the day is free to relax or go shopping. B D Day 15: Mumbai Departure After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Mumbai airport to board your onward flight.

Delhi 2 Jodhpur

Jaipur

2

2

Agra

2

2

Deogarh Palace

Varanasi

2

2

Mumbai

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

TWIN

SOLO

2019

NZ$

NZ$

4,999

6,937

14-28 Sep 12-26 Oct

4,999

6,937

9-23 Nov

4,999

6,937

7-21 Dec

4,999

6,937

NZ$

NZ$

4,999

6,937

2020

4-18 Jan 1-15 Feb

4,999

6,937

7-21 Mar

5,099

7,037

4-18 Apr

4,999

6,937

12-26 Sep

5,279

7,329

10-24 Oct

5,279

7,329

7-21 Nov

5,379

7,429

5-19 Dec

5,279

7,329

2021

NZ$

NZ$

2-16 Jan

5,279

7,329

13-27 Feb

5,279

7,329

22 Mar-5 Apr

5,379

7,429

1-15 May

5,279

7,329

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $150pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Economy airfare included: NZ$266 pp Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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NEW!

Women’s Getaway to Sri Lanka

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

2,998 PP

This tour combines culture and relaxation, taking in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures, tea plantations, local experiences, shopping and the pleasures of a few days by the sea. This is a leisure-paced tour and an excellent all-round introduction to Sri Lanka. Day 1: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager at the arrival lounge who will assist you to transfer to the Negombo hotel for an overnight stay. Day 2: Negombo – Dambulla B D After a leisurely breakfast journey to the heart of the Cultural Triangle, enroute visit the tallest Rambadagalla Samadhi Buddha statue. Remaining day free to relax at the resort or explore this small town. Stay for three nights in Dambulla. Day 3: Minneriya National Park & B D Cooking Class Today we visit Sri Lanka’s largest wholesale Vegetable and Fruit market.

Later take part in a cooking class and learn to make some local dishes in a traditional way. Afternoon enjoy wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park and spot a great number of wild elephants amongst other animals, reptiles and birds. B D Day 4: Sigiriya Excursion After breakfast, visit the 5th century ancient clifftop fortress of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These imposing citadel sites are known as “Lion’s Rock” and explore the ruins of ancient palaces, moats, shrines, frescoes and water gardens. Afternoon free to relax or explore the village.

B D Day 5: Dambulla – Kandy Travel to Kandy, en-route visit Matale Spice Garden. Take a walk around the spice garden to see how they grow and learn about spices and Ayurvedic medicine. Afternoon visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is the most visited temple and known to be the only temple in the world with a tooth relic of Buddha. Stay two nights in Kandy. B D Day 6: Kandy Take a leisurely walk around the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens and explore local bazaars. Evening enjoy a traditional Cultural show and witness traditional dances accompanied by folk music.

What’s included:

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Monument entrance fees Tuk Tuk Ride Spice Plantation visit Wildlife Safari at Minneriya National Park Cooking Class High Tea Cultural Show Tea Tour Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 19


Day 7: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya B D Travel to Nuwara Eliya, also known as little England through thousands of acres of Tea Plantations and some breath-taking views as you slowly climb up through the hills. Visit a Tea Factory to see just how tea is produced and the remaining day is free to relax or explore. Stay two nights in Nuwara Eliya. B D Day 8: Nuwara Eliya Day is free to explore the town by yourself. Evening enjoy a High-Tea at the hotel and feel the British Era in this colonial building.

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya – Beruwala B D Travel to Beruwala, soft white sands, giant palm fronds rustling lightly in the tropical breeze; all in a breathstopping beautiful corralled bay, making your two nights stay at the resort simply gorgeous.

B D Day 10: Beruwala Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the day is free to relax on the beach.

Day 11: Beruwala – Colombo B D After breakfast travel to Colombo and enjoy Colombo Tuk-Tuk Ride. Hop on to the eccentric three-wheeled taxis (Tuk Tuk) to experience the thrill of these rides and the local fast-paced city life of Colombo. Followed by a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant known for authentic Sri Lankan meals. Stay overnight in Colombo. Day 12: Colombo Departure After Breakfast, check out from the hotel. The tour finishes with a direct transfer to Colombo airport to board your onward flight. B

Sigiriya 3 Dambulla

“THO staff were very professional and at no time did I feel deserted. Excellent service, good accommodation and I would highly recommend – Wendy to anyone.”

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2 Kandy

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

TWIN

2019

NZ$

NZ$

3-14 Sep

2,998

3,659

1-12 Oct

2,998

3,659

29 Oct-9 Nov

2,998

3,659

26 Nov-7 Dec

2,998

3,659

24 Dec-4 Jan 20

3,198

3,859

2020

SOLO

NZ$

NZ$

21 Jan-1 Feb

3,198

3,859

25 Feb-7 Mar

2,998

3,659

24 Mar-4 Apr

2,998

3,659

1-12 Sep

3,167

3,866

29 Sep-10 Oct

3,167

3,866

27 Oct-7 Nov

3,167

3,866

24 Nov-5 Dec

3,167

3,866

22 Dec-2 Jan 21

3,367

4,066

2021

NZ$

NZ$

2-13 Feb

3,367

4,066

11-22 Mar

3,167

3,866

20 Apr-1 May

3,167

3,866

Negombo 2 Colombo

2 Beruwala

2 Nuwara Eliya

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested Gratuity $120pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)


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Amber Fort NEW!

The Golden Tour of India

15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

4,749 PP

This tour is specially designed for those who love to explore culture, enjoy delicious cuisine and experience the must-do-and-see attractions of the region. Unique activities and carefully selected highlights of this tour provide a great introduction to India. Day 01: Delhi Arrival Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to hotel. Stay two nights

show performed by accomplished artists depict the saga of Mumtaj Mahal and Shah Jahan. Stay two nights.

B D Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing Mesmerise yourself in a splendid sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, the Gandhi Memorial and the India Gate. Explore Chandni Chowk Bazaar by Rickshaw and witness the legacy of the past that survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents.

B D Day 04: Agra Early this morning we visit the Taj Mahal and after breakfast a marble inlay workshop followed by Agra Fort and Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb also known as Baby Taj.

B D Day 03: Delhi – Agra Today travel to Agra, home to India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Afternoon free to relax and evening enjoy “Mohabbat the Taj” live theatre

What’s included:

Day 05: Agra – Ranthambhore B D Travel to Ranthambhore National Park; one of the biggest and most renowned Tiger reserve in the region. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Evening free to relax or explore the village. Stay for two nights.

Day 06: Ranthambhore B L D National Park Enjoy a morning and afternoon canter safari around the game reserve with an estimated area of 400sq km. Spot various wildlife species of animals, birds and reptiles and if lucky, see a Royal Bengal Tiger. Day 07: Ranthambhore – Jaipur B D Travel to Jaipur, the first planned city of India, is a treasure-trove of culture, art and history, famous for its colour, culture and lifestyle. Afternoon enjoy a hands-on experience with block printing while visiting a local store and witness how precious and semiprecious stone is cut to perfection. Evening free to relax and stay two nights.

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified Local English-speaking tour guide Monument entrance fees Rickshaw Ride 02 Shared wildlife safari Jeep ride High tea at the palace Rural experience with picnic lunch Short adventure ride on train Village Tour Shared boat ride Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes

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High Tea at Rambagh Palace B T D Day 08: Jaipur Start your city sightseeing tour with an excursion to Amber Fort. Later visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Afternoon enjoy High Tea at the Palace and later free to explore local bazaar. B D Day 09: Jaipur – Jodhpur Today drive to Jodhpur, the bustling desert city the second-largest city in Rajasthan with a landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort atop a sheer rocky ridge. Afternoon enjoy city tour and evening free to relax or explore the local bazaar. Stay two nights. B L D Day 10: Rural Experience Today we enjoy the rural experience by 4X4 vehicles with picnic lunch served at a scenic spot. Great opportunity to meet locals and witness their lifestyle and century-old tribal culture.

Day 11: Jodhpur – Sardargarh To make our way to Sardargarh, a historic and one of the magnificent battle forts of Rajasthan with a 300year history. This is will be amongst many other highlights of your tour as B

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we stay two nights at the Sardargarh Fort Palace. B D Day 12: Sardargarh Fort After leisurely breakfast enjoy a village walk and local bazaar. Later adventure short train ride with locals into the Aravalli’s and evening free to enjoy the luxury of this historic hotel.

Day 13: Sardargarh – Udaipur B D Travel to Udaipur, known as Venice of the east set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal Palaces. Remaining day free to relax or enjoy the walk through a narrow winding street filled with shops. Stay two nights. Day 14: Udaipur Today enjoy a morning walk to witness the daily life and culture of Bhil Tribes. This is an exclusive activity to experience non-touristic sites and unspoiled rural culture. Later visit City Palace complex and Jagdish Temple. We conclude our day with a boat ride at the Lake Pichola. B

D

B Day 15: Udaipur Departure After breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to the Udaipur airport.

Delhi 2

Jodhpur

Jaipur

2

2

2 Agra 2

Ranthambhore NP

2 Sardargarh 2

Udaipur

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

TWIN

2019

NZ$

NZ$

3-17 Oct

4,749

6,459

7-21 Nov

4,749

6,459

5-19 Dec

4,749

6,459

2020

SOLO

NZ$

NZ$

9-23 Jan

4,749

6,459

6-20 Feb

4,749

6,459

5-19 Mar

4,849

6,559

9-23 Apr

4,749

6,459

1-15 Oct

4,999

6,824

5-19 Nov

4,999

6,824

10-24 Dec

4,999

6,824

NZ$

NZ$

7-21 Jan

4,999

6,824

18 Feb-4 Mar

4,999

6,824

18 Mar-1 Apr

5,099

6,924

15-29 Apr

4,999

6,824

2021

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $150pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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Sigiriya NEW!

The Golden Tour of Sri Lanka

12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

2,999 PP

This tour combines culture and relaxation, taking in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures, tea plantations, local experiences, shopping and the pleasures of a few days by the sea. This is a leisure-paced tour and an excellent all-round introduction to Sri Lanka. Day 01: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager at the arrival lounge who will assist you and transfer to Negombo. Stay two nights. B D Day 02: Negombo Negombo being a fisherman village we start our day with visit traditional Fish Market, harbour, St. Mary’s Church and Angurukaramulla Temple. Afternoon free to relax or explore the town.

Day 03: Negombo – Dambulla B D After leisurely breakfast travel to Dambulla. Afternoon free to enjoy walk through the village and stay two night.

What’s included:

Day 04: Sigiriya & B D Minneriya Excursion Morning visit impressive 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress and for those who have chosen not to climb they can explore Museum located at the ground level. Later travel to Minneriya National Park to enjoy a safari. B D Day 05: Dambulla – Kandy After breakfast leave for Kandy. En route, stop at Matale and enjoy walk through the spice garden to witness various plants and herbs. Small demonstration by naturopath is organised to understand why these plant-based medicines are still a part of the local culture. Stay two nights.

B D Day 6: Kandy Today we explore the Kandy, last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site. We start city tour with visit the Temple of the Tooth relic, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Gem Museum and in the evening, witness a traditional Kandan dance accompanied by live music.

Day 7: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya B D After breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. This hill station is known as ‘Little England’ since its adoption by colonial British tea planters. Evening kept free to enjoy a long walk and stay two nights.

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (mimimum 06 people) Entry fees and monument charges Cultural show Wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park Tea tour and high tea Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes

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Temple of the Tooth Relic

Day 8: Tea Tour & High Tea B T D Morning visit a Tea Plantation and Factory to observe the process of turning a raw green leaf into the finished product. Afternoon enjoy High Tea and evening free to relax or explore this small town.

Lake, Pettah Markets, Galle Face Green and street food shops. Stay overnight. B Day 12: Colombo Departure After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to the Colombo airport.

B D Day 9 & 10: Beach Stay Today we leave Hill country and proceed to the sandy beaches of the coastal line. Rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy two nights stat at the beach resort.

Day 11: Beach Resorts – B D Colombo After breakfast, we leave for Colombo, a favourite port-to-call since the ancient times and now commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Afternoon enjoy a city tour and visit Independence Square, Colombo Museum, the Beira

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

TWIN

2019

NZ$

NZ$

17-28 Oct

2,999

3,784

21 Nov-2 Dec

2,999

3,784

19-30 Dec

3,199

3,984

NZ$

NZ$

23 Jan-3 Feb

3,199

3,984

20 Feb-2 Mar

3,199

3,984

19-30 Mar

2,999

3,784

23 Apr-4 May

2,999

3,784

15-26 Oct

3,168

3,998

2020 Sigiriya 2 Dambulla

2 Kandy 2 Negombo 1 Colombo

2 Nuwara Eliya

19-30 Nov

3,168

3,998

24 Dec-4 Jan 21

3,368

4,198

2021 2 Beach Resort

“We had the best time in Sri Lanka and cannot wait to return. Our tour guide was incredible!” – Olivia

SOLO

NZ$

NZ$

21 Jan-1 Feb

3,368

4,198

4-15 Mar

3,168

3,998

1-12 Apr

3,168

3,998

29 Apr-10 May

3,168

3,998

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $120pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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Options for everyone Discover the wonders of India, Sri Lanka or Myanmar with your loved ones. Small Group Journeys

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Golden Triangle & Tiger 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

2,129 PP

Explore some of the most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and search for the elusive tiger at Ranthambhore National Park. The dazzling forts, palaces and monuments of Delhi are evidence of Mughal opulence and British sophistication. The Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument of love, is definitely a highlight along with visits to Agra Fort and the local markets. Not to be missed is the Pink City of Jaipur with its rich architectural legacy of Jaipur merchants. Enjoy the wildlife safari at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve where we may spot a Royal Bengal Tiger! Departure & Pricing Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Delhi for two nights stay. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy breakfast and an introduction to the tour before starting full day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar. B D Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur Travel to Jaipur, evening explore the bazaar and witness local men wearing turbans, describing their clan and women in their beautiful mirror jaded colourful clothes. Stay two nights at Jaipur. B D Day 4: Jaipur Start full day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort and the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, photo stop at the Hawa Mahal and drive past the old part of Jaipur city. B L D Day 5: Ranthambhore After breakfast travel to Ranthambhore National Park and enjoy a village tour. Stay two nights at the wildlife resort.

B L D Day 6: Ranthambhore Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari at the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, home to many wildlife species. Evening free to explore nearby village.

Day 7: Ranthambhore - Agra B D Journey to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city of Mughals. Stay overnight at Agra. B Day 8: Agra - Delhi Departure Morning visit to the immortal Taj Mahal (closed on a Friday) built by Emperor Shahjahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal and Agra Fort a UNESCO World Heritage site before travelling back to Delhi. Tour finishes with direct transfer to international airport.

(NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES 2019

Jaipur

2

2 1 2

Agra

SOLO

NZ$

NZ$

9-16 Oct

2,129

2,949

6-13 Nov

2,129

2,949

4-11 Dec

2,129

2,949

2020

NZ$

NZ$

2-9 Jan

2,129

2,949

5-12 Feb

2,129

2,949

4-11 Mar

2,229

3,049

15-22 Apr

2,129

2,949

20-27 May

2,129

2,949

30 Sep-7 Oct

2,249

3,115

28 Oct-4 Nov

2,249

3,115

25 Nov-2 Dec

2,249

3,115

23-30 Dec

2,349

3,215

2021

Delhi

TWIN

NZ$

NZ$

20-27 Jan

2,249

3,115

17-24 Feb

2,249

3,115

24-31 Mar

2,349

3,215

14-21 Apr

2,249

3,115

12-19 May

2,249

3,115

Ranthambhore NP

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested Gratuity $80pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

What’s included:

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English-speaking tour guide Monument entrance fees Jeep ride in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi 02 Wildlife safaris at Ranthambhore Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 27


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Highlights of Rajasthan 17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

4,699 PP

Rajasthan, the ‘Land of Kings’ is steeped in romantic history, chivalry and valour. It boasts some of the finest fortress palaces set against the stark desert landscape. With its brightly coloured costumes of local, turbaned men and richly jewelled women, the havelies and villages, fairs and festivals, this tour takes you back to a bygone era. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Delhi. B D Day 2: Delhi After breakfast proceed on a sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Start the tour with a visit to Jama Masjid; India’s biggest mosque and enjoy a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk; which is bustling area, typical of real India where locals go shopping here like nowhere else. Later visit Gandhi Memorial, Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570 and the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent. Drive past India Gate; that honours the 90,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War, President’s House and Parliament House. Before concluding the tour we will visit Qutb Minar, the 234-step tower dating back to 1193. B D Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur After breakfast travel to Jaipur, the first planned city of India, a treasure-trove of culture, art and history, famous for its

What’s included:

colour, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. In the afternoon we will learn the art of Indian cooking as you watch famous recipes being cooked in your presence. Choose to participate and learn how to cook an easy curry at home, and conclude the day with a home-cooked dinner. Stay two nights in Jaipur. B D Day 4: Sightseeing & Bazaar Start the day’s sightseeing with a visit to Amber Fort. Later continue to City Palace and the Observatory and take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Winds, built in the 17th Century. Jaipur is famous for colourful markets filled with textile, jewellery and fantastic souvenirs so you’ll enjoy exploring the local bazaar in the evening. B D Day 5: Jaipur – Bikaner Travel to Bikaner, center of art and culture of medieval India. In the afternoon visit the well preserved 16th century Junagarh Fort and Lallgarh Palace. Evening at leisure to explore

and experience the royal legacy of a bygone era. Stay overnight in Bikaner. B D Day 6: Bikaner – Jaisalmer After breakfast travel to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, built in 1156 AD and named after its founder, Bhatti Rajput Rao Jaisal. Located deep in the heart of the desert, the city is popular for its centuries-old forts, palaces, havelies and amber-hued houses. Evening free to explore the town and stay overnight two nights in Jaisalmer.

Day 7: Jaisalmer Sightseeing B D Go on a sightseeing tour to visit the imposing Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli and Gadisar Lake. Later this evening, enjoy a camel safari on the exotic sand dunes, offering an unforgettable experience of rich cultural heritage. B D Day 8: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur Today drive to Jodhpur, bustling desert city the second largest city in Rajasthan with a landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort atop

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Monument entrance fees Rickshaw ride in Delhi Camel ride at Jaisalmer Village experience Jeep ride at Jaipur 02 Wildlife safaris at Ranthambhore Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes 28 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


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a sheer rocky ridge. Afternoon free to relax or explore the local bazaar. Stay two nights in Jodhpur. B D Day 9: Jodhpur Sightseeing Morning visit Mehrangarh Fort; one of the most impressive and formidable structures anywhere in India and Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Afternoon take a jeep ride to witness the village life of Bishnoi tribe. Evening free to explore the local bazaar. B D Day 10: Jodhpur – Udaipur Drive to Udaipur and en-route visit Ranakpur, renowned for its Jain temples with intricately carved marble pillars and domes believed to have been built in 1439AD. The temple rests on 1444 elegantly carved pillars – no two identical. Stay two nights in Udaipur. B D Day 11: Udaipur Sightseeing Start your full day sightseeing tour with visit to City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Museum, Jag Mandir, Saheliyon-KiBari and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir which is an Indian folk arts museum. Conclude your evening with boat ride on Lake Pichola. B D Day 12: Udaipur – Pushkar We will leave early this morning and drive west to Pushkar, the charming and usually peaceful Hindu pilgrimage centre made famous by the annual Camel Fair which is organised during a full moon night in the Hindu calander month of Kartik mostly falling in October or November. Afternoon free to explore the town and stay overnight in Pushkar.

Day 13: Pushkar – B D Ranthambhore Today travel to Ranthambhore National Park, the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and today a famous tiger reserve. Evening free to explore the town and stay two nights in Ranthambhore. B D Day 14: Wildlife Safari An early start of the day and enjoy morning tea before heading off to the national park for the first wildlife safari accompanied by a naturalist. Enjoy breakfast on your return and day is free till your second safari in the afternoon.

Day 15: Ranthambhore – Agra B D We make our way for the last leg of our journey to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, now a ghost town that was formerly established by the Mughals. Evening visit Mehtab Bagh to to watch the sunset over the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna River. This place was orignially chosen to build the Black Taj Mahal by the Emperor who was imprisoned by his son soon after work was started. Stay two nights in Agra. B D Day 16: Agra An early morning visit the Taj Mahal. This monument of love was made entirely of white marble where different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work on the interior. After breakfast continue your sightseeing with visit to Agra Fort and Itmad-Ud-Daulah also known as the Baby Taj. B Day 17: Agra - Delhi Departure Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and checkout by 1200hrs and enjoy lunch before travelling back to Delhi. Tour finishes with direct transfer to Delhi International airport.

Agra &

2

Jaipur Jaisalmer 2 2 Jodhpur 2

Delhi

2

Bikaner 1

2 Fatehpur Sikri

1

2 Ranthambore NP

Pushkar

Udaipur

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

TWIN

SOLO

2019

NZ$

NZ$

25 Sep-11 Oct

4,699

6,556

18 Oct-3 Nov

4,699

6,556

8-24 Nov

4,699

6,556

6-22 Dec

4,699

6,556

NZ$

NZ$

3-19 Jan

4,699

6,556

2020

7-23 Feb

4,699

6,556

6-22 Mar

4,799

6,656

3-19 Apr

4,699

6,556

1-17 May

4,699

6,556

25 Sep-11 Oct

4,964

6,927

16 Oct-1 Nov

4,964

6,927

13-29 Nov

5,064

7,027

18 Dec-3 Jan 21

5,064

7,027

2021

NZ$

NZ$

15-31 Jan

4,964

6,927

12-28 Feb

4,964

6,927

27 Mar-12 Apr

4,964

6,927

17 Apr-3 May

4,964

6,927

14-31 May

4,964

6,927

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $170pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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Classic Lanka updated 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

3,998 PP

This small-group tour combines culture and relaxation, taking in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures while not forgetting the pleasure of a few days by the sea. Day 1: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager at the arrival lounge who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. B D Day 2: Colombo – Habarana After a brief outline of the tour, travel to Habarana, the hub of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle. Remainder of afternoon is free to relax or explore this small town. Stay four nights at Habarana. B D Day 3: Anuradhapura Today enjoy an excursion to Anuradhapura; Sri Lanka’s ancient capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins and monuments, an engineering marvel, embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculptures, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals dated back to

the 2nd Century BC. Afternoon return to Habarana and conclude your day with dinner. B D Day 4: Village & Sigiriya Morning visit the 5th Century Sigiriya rock fortress. An afternoon bullockdrawn cart ride will take you through the village of Hiriwadunna, to a banana plantation where ripe bananas can be tasted and savoured fresh. Cross a scenic reservoir by Oruwa (traditional boat), its long, narrow shape gliding effortlessly on the water, to visit a Chena cultivation, where from the shade of a tree house made of mud and thatched palm leaves, the village of Hiriwaduna can be surveyed. Mix and mingle with locals over a cup of Ceylon Tea before a home cooked lunch is served by the local family.

Day 5: Polonnaruwa & Minneriya B D Take an excursion to Polonnaruwa, another World Heritage Site, and

What’s included: Deluxe accommodation

visit monuments built by the South Indian Cholas dynasty in the 11th and 12th centuries. Later visit Minneriya National Park to watch a big family of elephants come to bathe and graze, as well as the variety of birds that come to fish in the shallow waters. B D Day 6: Habarana – Kandy Leave after breakfast for Kandy, stopping en-route in Matale, spice growing region, for a special insight into some unique Sri Lankan agriculture. Evening enjoy a drum and dance cultural show before concluding the day with two nights stay in Kandy. B D Day 7: Kandy Morning visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden and the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Evening explore the town and bazaar for local handicrafts and visit a gem museum.

Day 8: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya B D After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Monument entrance fees Jeep safari at Minneriya National Park Cultural dance show in Kandy Jeep safari in Yala Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery Hiriwadunna Chena village experience Tea factory tour in Nuwara Eliya Moonstone Mines visit in Meetiyagoda Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes

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Small Group Journeys

and enjoy the scenic ride to the tea state. See lush green land filled with miles of tea plantations. Stay two nights at hotel. B D Day 9: Tea Tour Wake up to the freshness of the tea garden, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and get ready for a tea garden tour. The tea industry in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is over 150 years old. It is a traditional industry commenced by the British when Ceylon was a colony. Vestiges of the colonial heritage are still evident, particularly in the tea growing regions. Meet tea experts and scientists at the Tea Research Institute and learn about the latest scientific discoveries. Sharpen your tea tasting skills with experts. Remainder of the day is free to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. B D Day 10: Nuwara Eliya – Yala Travel to Yala, famous for its national park, enjoying a scenic ride through small towns, and arrive late afternoon. Evening free to explore and stay overnight at Yala.

Day 11: Yala – Hikkaduwa/ B D Bentota After breakfast take a morning jeep safari to Yala National Park to Spot varieties of wild animals, birds and reptiles. Later travel to your next destination and enjoy three nights at the beach resort.

B D Day 12: Day Excursion After breakfast enjoy a day excursion and the Mask Factory Museum at Ambalangoda, Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, operated by the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka to protect endangered turtle species from extinction. Before returning we explore Galle, said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible where King Solomon obtained gems and spices. B D Day 13: Beach Resort Enjoy leisurely breakfast as the day is free to relax on the beach. B Day 14: Colombo Departure Check-out by midday and travel back to Colombo. Tour finishes by late afternoon with direct transfer to the airport.

Anuradhapura

Minneriya Polonnaruwa

Habarana 4

2 Kandy

1 Colombo

Bentota 3

Hikkaduwa

Galle

2 Nuwara Eliya

1 Yala

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES 2019

TWIN

SOLO

NZ$

NZ$

3-16 Oct

3,998

5,629

7-20 Nov

3,998

5,629

5-18 Dec

3,998

5,629

2020

NZ$

NZ$

2-15 Jan

4,198

5,829

6-19 Feb

4,198

5,829

12-25 Mar

3,998

5,629

9-22 Apr

3,998

5,629

7-20 May

3,998

5,629

11-24 Jun

3,998

5,629

17-30 Sep

4,224

5,946

15-28 Oct

4,224

5,946

12-25 Nov

4,224

5,946

10-23 Dec

4,224

5,946

2021

NZ$

NZ$

7-20 Jan

4,424

6,146

4-17 Feb

4,424

6,146

4-17 Mar

4,224

5,946

1-14 Apr

4,224

5,946

29 Apr-12 May

4,224

5,946

27 May-9 Jun

4,224

5,946

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $140pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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Incredible India updated 17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

5,584 PP

This tour showcases the best of India’s highlights, as well as exciting experiences and discoveries that will appeal to every traveller. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy breakfast followed by a briefing before starting the tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and explore Chandni Chowk bazaar by rickshaw. B D Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi After breakfast transfer to Airport to board flight to Varanasi. Afternoon we visit silk weaving village to see few remaining artisans carry out this centuries-old work. Evening enjoy heritage walk to the Ghats and witness grand Gangesprayer ceremony. Stay two nights. B D Day 4: Varanasi Witness the people of Hindu faith ritually bathing during a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges. Later enjoy a city tour and an excursion to Sarnath.

What’s included:

Evening go for a walk to explore this oldest spiritual town. B D Day 5: Varanasi – Lucknow With packed breakfast, we are off to the railway station and enjoy a short train ride to Lucknow. Known as ’The City of Nawabs’ has carved a niche by attracting gastronomes, for the want of discovering and re-discovering the Awadhi Cuisine. In the evening enjoy a walking food tour which allows you to hop-in, hop-out of the world-famous traditional roadside eateries. Stay two nights. B D Day 6: Lucknow Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and visit Bada Imambara, a famous monument of Lucknow, Government Museum. In the afternoon visit a chikan workshop that will mesmerise you as you watch skilled workers delicately working in unique styles and stitches on very light cotton cloths. Also, take a leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar.

B D Day 7: Lucknow – Agra After breakfast travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. The city is still associated with the Mughals who were great builders and you will witness this as you pass the architectural buildings. Afternoon visit Agra Fort and Itimadud-Daulah and conclude our day with visit to the city’s marble carving industry. Stay overnight. B D Day 8: Agra – Jaipur Early morning visit the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument of love and devotion with its superb craftsmanship of semi-precious stones inlaid into the marble in beautiful patterns. After breakfast travel to Jaipur, en-route visit the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, a city of yesteryear, today lost in the midst of time. Evening free to stroll in the colourful bazaar and stay two nights in Jaipur. B D Day 9: Jaipur Morning enjoy an excursion to Amber

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Monument entrance fees Dharavi Slum Tour Rickshaw ride Jeep ride at Jaipur Village experience Walking food tour in Lucknow Train ticket in air-conditioned class Boat ride at Varanasi and Udaipur Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes 32 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


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Small Group Journeys

Varanasi Fort. Later visit City Palace Museum, the home of Royal families, Observatory and Hawa Maha, specially constructed for Royal ladies so they could view the city without being seen. We visit world-renowned block printing textile and precious & semiprecious stone carving workshop before concluding your day. Evening free to stroll in the local bazaar. B D Day 10: Jaipur – Jodhpur Today drive to Jodhpur, the bustling desert city the second-largest city in Rajasthan with a landscape dominated by the massive Mehrangarh Fort atop a sheer rocky ridge. Afternoon free to relax or explore the local bazaar. Stay two nights. B D Day 11: Jodhpur Morning visit Mehrangarh Fort; one of the most impressive and formidable structures anywhere in India. And Jaswant Thada, a cluster of royal cenotaphs in white marble built in 1899 AD in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Afternoon take a jeep ride to witness village life of Bishnoi tribe. Evening free to explore the local bazaar. B D Day 12: Jodhpur – Udaipur Journey to Udaipur, the Lake City. Enroute visit the 12th Century Ranakpur Jain Temples standing on 1444 carved pillars, each different from the other and preserved almost in perfect condition. Stay two nights. B D Day 13: Udaipur Morning enjoy a sightseeing tour and

visit the City Palace, Saheliyon ki Bari and the Jagdish Temple. Afternoon explore the local bazaar and conclude your day with a boat ride on Lake Pichola. B D Day 14: Udaipur – Mumbai Enjoy leisurely breakfast before transfer to board your flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to the hotel, the remaining day is free to relax. Stay three nights. B D Day 15: Dharavi Slum & City The morning we enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Mumbai and visit, Gateway of India, Hanging Garden and Dhobhi Ghat. Our afternoon visit to Dharavi demonstrates why it is the heart of a small scale industry in Mumbai. Many people know Dharavi as the ‘largest slum in Asia’, but there is much more to this historic area of Mumbai than poverty. This place is the best example of multicultural and multireligious as the temples, mosques and churches stand side by side. B D Day 16: Elephanta & Bazaar We enjoy an excursion to Elephanta Island and visit beautiful caves dating back to the 5th Century. On our return we explore Crawford Markets, having goodies for everyone that bring back childhood memories no matter where you were born. B Day 17: Mumbai Departure After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Mumbai airport where you board your onward flight.

“India is so diverse in culture and food I could not believe until I experienced. This was a perfect tour for me and I loved everything. THO staff and tour guide was so caring. Thank you for suggesting this tour.” – Anne Hamilton

Delhi 2 Jaipur

2

Agra 1

2 Jodhpur

Udaipur 2

2

Lucknow

2

Varanasi

3 Mumbai

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

TWIN

2019

NZ$

NZ$

3-19 Oct

5,584

7,956

7-23 Nov

5,584

7,956

5-21 Dec

5,584

7,956

NZ$

NZ$

2-18 Jan

5,584

7,956

6-22 Feb

5,584

7,956

12-28 Mar

5,584

7,956

16 Apr-2 May

5,584

7,956

14-30 May

5,584

7,956

1-17 Oct

5,889

8,399

5-21 Nov

5,889

8,399

17 Dec-2 Jan 21

5,999

8,499

NZ$

NZ$

5,889

8,399

2020

2021

21 Jan-6 Feb

SOLO

11-27 Feb

5,889

8,399

18 Mar-3 Apr

5,999

8,499

15 Apr-1 May

5,889

8,399

13-29 May

5,889

8,399

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $170pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Economy airfare included: NZ$175 pp Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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Best of Rajasthan & Kerala 18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

5,174 PP

Explore the best of Rajasthan and Kerala on this incredible group tour. Great for first-time travellers to India who want to see a broad range of the best the entire country has to offer, the tour features breathtaking landscapes, spectacular cultural sites, one of India’s most interesting game reserves, and two dynamic regions. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival THO Tour Manager will welcome us at the airport arrival lounge and transfer to the hotel for two nights stay. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy breakfast and a brief introduction of the city before a full-day tour of old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar. B D Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur Travel to Jaipur and explore the markets and observe local men wearing turbans, describing their clan and women in their beautiful mirror jaded colourful clothes. Stay two nights at Jaipur.

What’s included:

B D Day 4: Jaipur Start full day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, Hawa Mahal and drive past the old part of Jaipur city. B D Day 5: Ranthambhore Travel to Ranthambhore National Park and enjoy a village tour. Stay two nights at the wildlife resort. B D Day 6: Ranthambhore Enjoy a morning and afternoon safari to spot the most loved Royal Bengal Tigers and various other wildlife animals and reptiles.

Day 7: Ranthambhore – Agra B D Journey to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned city of the Mughals. Stay two nights at Agra.

B D Day 8: Agra Morning visit to the immortal Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shahjahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal, Agra Fort and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, sometimes known as BabyTaj. B D Day 9: Agra – Cochin Travel back to Delhi and board flight to Cochin. In the evening explore the capital of Kerala, known as God’s Own Country, and stay two nights at Cochin. B D Day 10: Cochin Cochin’s sightseeing includes Cochin Harbour terminus where the Chinese fishing nets present a wonderful sight; Mattancherry Dutch Palace; The Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church (built in 1510 and where Vasco Da Gama was originally buried). Later

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English-speaking tour guide Monument entrance fees Airfare Delhi-Cochin in economy class Overnight backwater cruise 02x Wildlife safaris at Ranthambhore Jeep ride in Jaipur 01 Basic Ayurveda massage Kathakali dance show Boat safari at Periyar Spice plantation visit Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes 34 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


B D Day 12: Munnar – Thekkady Morning after breakfast drive to Thekkady and on arrival check in at the hotel. Thekkady is regarded as one of the best places to see Asian elephants. Later head out for an evening boat ride into the wildlife sanctuary when in the cooler air as the sun sets wildlife come to drink at the lake’s edge. Spend two nights in Thekkady.

B Day 18: Trivandrum Departure After a leisurely breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to Trivandrum airport.

2 2

Jaipur

Delhi 2 Agra

2

Ranthambhore NP

B D Day 14: Backwater Cruise Morning travel to Kumarakom and enjoy a cruise through canals and lakes. Observe the daily life of locals residing on the banks. All meals and overnight on houseboat.

Day 15-17: Alleppey – Kovalam B D Wake up with the chirruping noise of the birds and disembark after breakfast. Travel to Kovalam and enjoy a basic ayurveda massage with three nights at beach resort.

1 Munnar

Cochin 2

Kumarakom

Alleppey 1

2 Thekkady

Trivandrum

“Seriously, we couldn’t have asked for any better! We were very sad to leave. All the tour guides in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur were more than 10/10. Very informative, well spoken English and always made sure that we were OK.” – Justine Demarchi

3 Kovalam

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

TWIN

2019

NZ$

NZ$

5-22 Oct

5,174

7,489

9-26 Nov

5,174

7,489

15 Dec-1 Jan 20

5,174

7,489

NZ$

NZ$

18 Jan-4 Feb

5,174

7,489

15 Feb-3 Mar

5,174

7,489

14-31 Mar

5,174

7,489

11-28 Apr

5,174

7,489

2-19 May

5,174

7,489

31 Oct-17 Nov

5,566

7,999

28 Nov-15 Dec

5,466

7,899

26 Dec-12 Jan 21

5,566

7,999

2020

2021

SOLO

NZ$

NZ$

30 Jan-16 Feb

5,466

7,899

27 Feb-16 Mar

5,466

7,899

27 Mar-13 Apr

5,466

7,899

1-18 May

5,466

7,899

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $180pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Economy airfare included: NZ$88pp Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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B D Day 11: Cochin – Munnar Enjoy a beautiful drive to Munnar, famous for its scenic beauty, marvellous waterfalls and high mountains. Remainder day is free to walk through the enchanting tea estates and enjoy the tranquillity it provides while watching women plucking tea leaves at the tea estate.

B D Day 13: Thekkady Morning visit to a Spice Plantation. This area is famous for cardamom, coffee and tea plantations and we will learn a little about the many uses of spice, both medicinal and culinary. vening at leisure to explore the local market famous for its spice and local produce.

DELUXE

visit the Hill Palace which was built in the 19th century. Later you will be collected for a Kathakali Dance Show.


Highlights of India & Nepal updated 22 DAYS / 21 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 04 FROM NZ $

6,199 PP

This tour is an overview of India and Nepal’s diverse region and showcases the culture, cuisine, traditions and fascinating monument of these two neighbouring countries. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at Delhi airport, meet your tour manager in the arrival lounge who will assist you to transfer to the hotel where you will receive a traditional welcome. Stay two nights. B D Day 2: Delhi After an outline of the tour, we visit Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort, explore Chandni Chowk Bazaar by rickshaw, Jama Masjid and Qutb Minar. Afternoon visit New Delhi and pay respect at the Gandhi Memorial. On our way back we drive past the Presidential Palace and Parliament House. B D Day 3: Delhi – Udaipur After breakfast transfer to board flight to Udaipur, a city of lakes, palaces and temples. The afternoon is free to explore the city. Stay two nights. B D Day 4: Udaipur Start sightseeing tour with a visit to Saheliyon Ki Bari Gardens, the Folk Museum and Mewar Art Gallery. We also visit the City Palace and walk

What’s included:

through the local streets and shops. Conclude your day with a relaxing cruise on Lake Pichola. B D Day 5: Udaipur – Jodhpur Today we travel to Jodhpur and visit the intricately carved 15th Century marble Ranakpur temples, the largest Jain temple complex in India. Stay two nights. B D Day 6: Jodhpur The morning we visit Mehrangarh Fort and the museum located in the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Enjoy an auto rickshaw ride through the market followed by a walking tour through the local vegetable and spice market. B D Day 7: Jodhpur – Jaipur Journey through the colourful countryside to Jaipur. This afternoon we enjoy some shopping at the local bazaar in Choti Chopper located inside the walled city. Stay two nights. B D Day 8: Jaipur Start sightseeing tour with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal (Palace of the

Winds) and visit Amber Fort. This afternoon visit the City Palace and Jantar Mantar and end the day with cultural evening and dinner. Day 9: Jaipur - Ranthambhore B D Today we head to Ranthambhore National Park, one of the most famous tiger reserves in Rajasthan. Evening free to explore the narrow streets of this small town. Stay two nights. B L D Day 10: Ranthambhore Enjoy a morning and afternoon canter safari around the game reserve with an estimated area of 400sq km. Spot various wildlife species of animals, birds and reptiles and if lucky, see a Royal Bengal Tiger

Day 11: Ranthambhore – Agra B D This morning we travel to Agra enroute stopping by the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Visit palaces, Tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti and understand the reason behind the creation of a new Mughal city that was abandoned just a few years later. Stay two nights.

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Monument entrance fees Rickshaw ride in Delhi Walking food tour in Lucknow Auto rickshaw ride in Jodhpur Jeep ride in Jaipur Boat ride in Varanasi Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes

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Small Group Journeys

B D Day 12: Agra Early this morning we view the Taj Mahal as the sun is rising. Later we visit a marble inlay workshop followed by Agra Fort and Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb also known as Baby Taj. B D Day 13: Agra – Lucknow After breakfast travel to Lucknow, known as ’The City of Nawabs’. The city has carved a niche by attracting gastronomes, tp the Awadhi Cuisine. In the evening enjoy a walking food tour which allows you to hop-in-andout of the world-famous traditional roadside eateries. Stay two nights. B D Day 14: Lucknow Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and visit Bada Imambara, a famous monument of Lucknow, Government Museum. In the afternoon visit a chikan workshop that will mesmerise you as you watch skilled workers delicately working in unique styles and stitches on very light cotton cloths. Also, take a leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar. B D Day 15: Lucknow – Varanasi An early morning transfer to board the express train to Varanasi. Afternoon we visit silk weaving village to see few remaining artisans carry out this centuries-old work. Evening enjoy heritage walk to the Ghats and witness grand Ganges prayer ceremony. Stay two nights. B D Day 16: Varanasi Start city tour with a sunrise boat ride on the River Ganges followed by a short heritage walk through the old city. After breakfast enjoys a city tour and an excursion to Sarnath. Evening free to explore this oldest spiritual town.

B D Day 17: Varanasi – Delhi After breakfast transfer to board your flight to Delhi. The remainder of the day is free to explore or go shopping. Stay overnight.

Day 18: Delhi – Kathmandu – B D Nagarkot Transfer to the airport to board a flight to Kathmandu. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to Nagarkot, when weather permits this is an excellent place to see the sunset and rise over the Himalayas. Stay overnight. Day 19: Nagarkot – Kathmandu B D Wake up early to witness a spectacular sunrise before we travel back to Kathmandu En-route visit Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur. Stay three nights. B D Day 20: Patan Excursion We start our tour with a visit to the sacred temple known as Dakshinkali, then continue with sightseeing of Patan, the second-largest city in Nepal, visiting the Royal Palace and Durbar Square which are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. B D Day 21: Kathmandu This morning we visit Durbar Square and the Kumari Temple and explore the Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhnath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Enjoy an evening visit to Thamel Market. B Day 22: Kathmandu Departure After breakfast transfer to Kathmandu airport and board your flight back home.

Delhi 3 Jaipur Jodhpur

Nagarkot 1

2 Agra

2

Patan

Lucknow 2 Ranthambhore 2 NP Udaipur 2

2

3

Kathmandu

2 Varanasi

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES 2019

TWIN

SOLO

NZ$

NZ$

2-23 Oct

6,199

9,566

6-27 Nov

6,199

9,566

4-25 Dec

6,299

9,666

2020

NZ$

NZ$

8-29 Jan

6,199

9,566

5-26 Feb

6,199

9,566

11 Mar-1 Apr

6,199

9,566

15 Apr-6 May

6,199

9,566

20 May-10 Jun

6,199

9,566

30 Sep-21 Oct

6,549

10,099

28 Oct-18 Nov

6,649

10,199

2-23 Dec

6,549

10,099

NZ$

NZ$

6-27 Jan

6,549

10,099

3-24 Feb

6,549

10,099

3-24 Mar

6,549

10,099

7-28 Apr

6,549

10,099

5-26 May

6,549

10,099

2021

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $220pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Economy airfare included: NZ$280pp Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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Southern Explorer & Bollywood 15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

4,749 PP

This tour is a highly recommended for those wishing to experience the beautiful scenery and rich culture of Southern India. Explore some of India’s most important pilgrimage sites and temples, taste spices at their source, cruise waterways, and experience the multicultural harbour town of Cochin and the exciting city of Mumbai. Day 1: Arrive Chennai On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Chennai. B D Day 2: Mahabalipuram After a brief introduction of the city by our tour manager we visit the Museum and Art Gallery and Marina beach, one of the longest beaches in the world. Afternoon travel to Mahabalipuram and stay two nights. B D Day 3: Kanchipuram We enjoy an excursion to Kanchipuram, the flourishing capital city of the 2nd century Cholas Dynasty, now known as City of a Thousand Temples and one of the seven most sacred cities of the Hindu faith. Visit intricately stone carved 8th century Shore Temples constructed in Dravidian style and now a World UNESCO site. Later visit a silk weavers village, settled around 400 years ago with an enviable

What’s included:

reputation, who still use highest quality silk and pure gold thread. B D Day 4: Pondicherry Journey to Pondicherry, explore this well planned city and note the French legacy of beautiful promenades and architecturally imposing buildings left behind before independence. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 5: Pondicherry – Thanjavur B D Morning we enjoy city sightseeing and visit Rai Nivas and Sri Aurobindo Ashram and explore the medieval town of the French province, which has managed to preserve its French aura. Later travel to Thanjavur and stay two nights at hotel. B D Day 6: Thanjavur After breakfast we enjoy an excursion to Thanjavur, the Granary of South India, lying in the deltaic region of the famous river Cauvery and crisscrossed by a lengthy network of

irrigation canals. The city rose to glory during the later Chola Reign between 11th and 14th centuries and became the centre of learning and culture. It is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronzes and South Indian Musical Instruments. Evening free to explore local bazaar. Day 7: Thanjavur – Trichy B D – Chettinad Today we travel to Chettinad, en-route stopping at Trichy. Visit Srirangam Temple located at River Kaveri and most famed 83 meter high rock on flat land, said to be 3800 million years old. Evening free to explore local bazaar and witness 18th century wooden carved houses. Later in the evening we enjoy a Chettinad cuisine. Spices are so important to the cuisine – marathi mokku (dried flower pods) anasipoo (star anise), tamarind and saunf (fennel seed) are amongst the favourites used.

Deluxe accommodation Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicle Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager (minimum 06 people) Local English-speaking tour guide Monument entrance fees Backwater cruise Spice plantation visit Economy class airfare Cochin-Mumbai Boat ride in Periyar National Park Kathakali dance show Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes 38 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


B D Day 10: Wildlife Sanctuary Wake up early to enjoy a boat ride in the Periyar wildlife sanctuary to spot various wild animals, birds and reptiles. Later visit a spice plantation. Evening attend a local cooking class to learn to cook Kerala dishes, one of the most intriguing cuisines of the world. The class will be held in a traditional home set in the grounds of a working bioorganic spice garden. B D Day 11: Backwaters Cruise Today we travel to Kumarakom and embark on our houseboat. Enjoy cruising through palm fringed narrow

B D Day 12: Alleppey – Cochin Disembark after breakfast and travel to Cochin. Afternoon visit the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace and St Francis church, the oldest church built in 1503AD by Portuguese. In the evening explore the local bazaar of Fort Cochin and finish the day with a Kathakali cultural show in the theatre. Stay overnight at the hotel. B D Day 13: Cochin – Mumbai After breakfast transfer to board a flight to Mumbai to enjoy the glamour of Bollywood cinema and shopping malls full of designer labels and explore the local bazaar. Stay two nights at Mumbai.

Day 14: Mumbai We enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Mumbai, visiting the Prince of Wales B

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Museum, Gateway of India and Dhobi Ghat. The remainder of the day is free to relax or go shopping. B Day 15: Mumbai Departure After a leisurely breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to the airport..

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES 2019

TWIN

SOLO

NZ$

NZ$

5-19 Oct

4,749

6,819

2-16 Nov

4,749

6,819

7-21 Dec

4,749

6,819

2020

NZ$

NZ$

4-18 Jan

4,749

6,819

8-22 Feb

4,749

6,819

14-28 Mar

4,749

6,819

11-25 Apr

4,749

6,819

16-30 May

4,749

6,819

17-31 Oct

5,017

7,199

14-28 Nov

5,017

7,199

12-26 Dec

5,117

7,299

2021

NZ$

NZ$

9-23 Jan

5,017

7,199

13-27 Feb

5,017

7,199

6-20 Mar

5,017

7,199

10-24 Apr

5,017

7,199

1-15 May

5,017

7,199

Tour notes: New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $140pp: Driver, Tour Guide and Tour Manager Economy airfare included: NZ$88pp Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season)

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Small Group Journeys

B D Day 9: Madurai – Thekkady Start our sightseeing tour of the city, once the capital for the Pandyan King in 550 AD. Visit magnificent Meenakshi Temple to experience stunning architecture such as the sculpted pillars that tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. Later travel to Thekkady, famous for its wildlife sanctuary and enjoy a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and coffee. Stay two nights at Thekkady.

canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along the sides of the canals providing panoramic sights never to be forgotten. All meals and overnight on board.

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B D Day 8: Chettinad – Madurai After breakfast we start our city sightseeing tour by visiting heritage mansions built more than 100 years ago and famous for their architecture, chandeliers and wooden craftsmanship. Continue with a visit to the Museum and famous temple before travelling to Madurai, the centre of Tamil heritage and culture. Stay overnight in Hotel.


Land & River Cruising India and Sri Lanka

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iver cruising in India is still in its infancy but it is catching on fast with those who have sailed the established waterways in Europe and Asia, and are now looking for different destinations. It is also increasingly popular with travellers who have not cruised before and who want to see rural India. Cruising in these rivers gives a unique opportunity to meet locals, see rural and remote villages, spot wildlife and experience fascinating and culturally rich parts of the country. Our boutique ship sails on the well-known River Ganges, from Kolkata to Varanasi, passing through three states and offering insights to an incredible culture. The sights, tastes and lifestyle of the locals living in remote villages on the Brahmaputra will appeal to anyone with a taste for adventure. The river rises in the Himalayas and flows south through north-east India and into Bangladesh at a leisurely pace that sandbanks and islands are glide past before your eyes. Cruising in this area gives an entirely different experience than that of the River Ganges, as the Brahmaputra criss-crosses three major states of North East India. Witness the unbelievable local tribal culture and the unique wildlife at Kaziranga National Park, where one-horned rhino, buffalo, elephants, tigers and deer call the park home.

Small Group Journeys

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Land and River Cruising options offer the best way to experience a country. On the following pages, we have presented a few of the most popular tour options combined with seven nights of cruising. Cruising in these rivers starts in August and ends at the end of April each year. There are many longer cruising options available on these ships which can be easily combined with any tailor-made itinerary on request.

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Golden Triangle, Varanasi, Lucknow & Cruising on Ganges (THOD5/1)

18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

5,706 PP

Offering an inspiring introduction to the Subcontinent, this journey combines Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi and Lucknow’s cultural and natural wonders. Delving into centuries of history, the tour uncovers ornate temples, magnificent Islamic architecture and marble palaces. Explore the Old and New Delhi highlights; visit the ultimate symbol of love, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Varanasi which is considered the oldest living city in the world. Experience the spiritual aspect of India’s age-old beliefs and enjoy a unique culinary experience in the metropolis of Nawab known as Lucknow. Exploring India through its river gives the opportunity to witness untouched and yet to be explored rural India and its true culture. Setting sail from Kolkata-downstream/Farrkha-upstream along the intimate Ganges sidestream, the River Hooghly, which flows from Farakka on the main river down to Kolkata. Experience French, British and Dutch influence and explore deeper into the rich and diverse history of the region, Murshidabad, the capital of the Nawabs, the battlefield of Plassey, little known Bengali Terracotta temples and monuments of the medieval Islamic capital of Gaur. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi. B D Day 2: Delhi Mesmerise yourself in a splendid sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, the Gandhi Memorial and the India Gate. Explore Chandni Chowk Bazaar by Rickshaw and witness the legacy of the past that survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents.

What’s included:

B D Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi After breakfast, we board the morning flight to Varanasi. Later in the afternoon visit a silk weaving village to witness the unique art of weaving silk and shop for souvenirs. In the evening witness a grand prayer ceremony at the Ghats. Stay two nights in Varanasi. B D Day 4: Varanasi Early morning start with a heritage walk and sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges. Witness the perpetual movement of the pilgrims on the steps, the vivid colours of their clothes against the pale gold water.

After breakfast enjoy a city tour and afternoon excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after his enlightenment. B D Day 5: Varanasi – Lucknow Early morning transfer to the railway station to board the train to Lucknow. Lucknow is also known as ’The City of Nawabs’ and is an intriguing blend of old-world charm, beautiful architecture, warm hospitality, and rich heritage. The city has carved a niche by offering it’s Awadhi Cuisine. This is the place that has a full colony of chefs called, ‘Bawarchi Tola’ and also the full

10 nights luxury accommodation 07 nights onboard ship Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager Delhi-Jaipur (minimum 06 people) Cruise THO Tour Manager while onboard ship Local English-speaking guide Entry fees and monument charges Jeep ride in Jaipur Walking food tour in Lucknow Economy class airfare Delhi-Varanasi, Jaipur-Kolkata Express train ride Cultural show Rickshaw ride in Delhi Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes

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B D Day 7: Lucknow – Agra After breakfast travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. The city is still associated with the Mughals who were great builders and you will witness this as you pass the architectural buildings. Stay two nights in Agra. B D Day 8: Agra Visit the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument of love and devotion with its superb craftsmanship of semiprecious stones inlaid into the marble in beautiful patterns. Later visit the impressive 16th century Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-daulah known as Baby Taj, and a marble workshop to witness remaining artisans at work. B D Day 9: Agra – Jaipur After breakfast travel to Jaipur. Enroute visit abandoned city of Mughals, Fatehpur Sikri. Evening free to explore the markets. Stay two nights at Jaipur. B D Day 10: Jaipur Start full-day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory and photo stop at the Hawa Mahal as we drive past the old part of the magnificent Pink City.

Day 11: Jaipur – Farakka B D (Board Ship) After a leisurely breakfast, the morning is free until midday later checkout in time to be transferred to the railway station to board the express train to Farakka followed by transfer to the ship. Stay seven nights on board. B L D Day 12: Malda This morning cruise along a straight canal section to Jangipur, here we enjoy a full-day tour of Gaur. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus in

Day 13: Baranagar & B L D Murshidabad This morning moor at the delightful sleepy village of Baranagar with three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples. After lunch continue to Murshidabad where the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace built-in 1837 dominates the waterfront and later great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace.  B L D Day 14: Murshidabad Sail downstream a short distance then walk to the silk weaving village and Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughul-style garden enclosing the tombs of SirajUd-Daulah. Continue downstream past the old British cantonment of Berhampur to the battlefield of Plassey. You can walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk and narrow bustling bazaars. B L D Day 15: Matiari Visit the brassworking village of Matiari where you can see the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Continue through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON temple which dominates the skyline. B L D Day 16: Kalna Continue down to the country town of Kalna. Take rickshaws to explore the culture and see the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets and later visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly for an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. B L D Day 17: Chandernagore Sail downstream – past fine waterfront buildings and the old Dutch settlement at Chinsura – to land at Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Visit the 18thcentury church and Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India, before continuing down to Barrackpore. B Day 18: Kolkata Departure Early this morning, cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata and disembark after breakfast. Tour finish with direct transfer to the airport by afternoon.

Small Group Journeys

B D Day 6: Lucknow Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and visit Bada Imambara, a famous monument of Lucknow, Government Museum. In the afternoon visit a chikan workshop that will mesmerise you as you watch skilled workers working on very light cotton cloths. Also, take a leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar.

the 12th century, then as the Muslim capital of Eastern India from the 1416th century.

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street, where one can find the best from Lucknow’s very own traditional kitchens. In the evening enjoy a walking food tour which allows you to hop-in, hop-out of the world-famous roadside eateries.

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River Ganges 7 Cruise Kolkata

Farakka

River Ganges Cruise

Baranagar Murshidabad Matiari Kalna Chandernagore Kolkata

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

TWIN

2019

NZ$

14-31 Oct

8,360

D

11-28 Nov

8,360

D

9-26 Dec

5,706

D

2020

NZ$

20 Jan-6 Feb

8,360

U

10-27 Feb

8,360

D

16 Mar-2 Apr

7,174

D

13-30 Apr

5,706

D

14 Sep-1 Oct

7,174

D

19 Oct-5 Nov

8,360

D

16 Nov-3 Dec

8,360

U

14-31 Dec

5,706

D

2021

NZ$

18 Jan-4 Feb

8,360

U

15 Feb-4 Mar

8,360

U

29 Mar-15 Apr

5,706

U

Tour notes: Departs every week. More departure dates available on request. Low or high-water levels may cause disruption to cruising therefore itinerary and sightseeing are subject to change without notice. (U=Upstream, D=Downstream) Upstream itinerary will start from Kolkata. New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $180pp: Driver, Tour Guide, Crew and Tour Manager Economy airfare included: NZ$88 pp Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season) Price for solo travellers: available on request

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Best of South India & Cruising on Ganges 21 DAYS / 20 NIGHTS

(THOD5/1)

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

6,489 PP

Discover South India with its versatility as this tour offers you the possibility of admiring the rich cultural heritage in its original form. Its awe-inspiring ancient temples will make you change the way you look about India. Its finesse and grandeur is truly unparalleled. You will feel as you are transported back in time at the spice trading port of Cochin and the fragrant tea plantations and hill forests of Munnar are sure to enchant. Day 1: Arrive Cochin On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Cochin.

variant shades of green, neatly arranged into terraced farms. On your way back we stop at the local market to purchase some fresh spices as souvenirs. Stay two nights at Thekkady.

B D Day 2: Cochin Visit Harbour terminus where the Chinese fishing nets present a wonderful sight; Mattancherry Dutch Palace; The Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church (built-in 1510 and where Vasco Da Gama was originally buried). Evening witness Kathakali Dance Show at the local theatre you will be collected for a Kathakali Dance Show.

B D Day 5: Thekkady - Munnar Travel to Munnar, famous for its scenic beauty, marvellous waterfalls and high mountains. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful town. Stay two nights.

B D Day 3: Cochin – Thekkady After breakfast travel to Thekkady, well known for the spice plantation and wildlife reserve. Stay two nights.

B D Day 6: Munnar Well known hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it’s surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Explore a town that is difficult to describe, and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometres.

B D Day 4: Thekkady Visit the spice plantation growing cardamom, pepper, coffee, and tea. Walk amidst the palette displaying

B D Day 7: Munnar – Madurai Travel to Madurai, day free to relax or explore the town, famous for its ancient culture and silk weaving.

Evening enjoy a walk through the local bazaar. Stay two nights. B D Day 8: Madurai Start your day with a visit to the largest flower market and later the magnificent Meenakshi Temple showcasing a unique Dravidian style of architecture. Conclude your day with a visit to the textile bazaar and get amazed by the Madurai Silk made famous for its unique style and pattern by the silk weavers, who settled around 400 years ago. B D Day 9: Madurai - Thanjavur Travel to Thanjavur, also known as the “Rice Bowl” of the south, famous for the ancient handicraft making of bronze icons. Visit intricately carved temples dating back to the 10th century and evening free to explore. Stay overnight

Day 10: Thanjavur – Pondicherry B D Drive to Pondicherry and enjoy a

What’s included: 13 nights luxury accommodation 07 nights onboard cruise Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager Cochin-Chennai (minimum 06 people) Cruise Tour Manager onboard ship Local English-speaking guide Entry fees and monument charges Cultural show Flower market visit Nature walk in Periyar Spice plantation visit Economy class airfare Chennai-Kolkata Express train ride Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes 44 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


B D Day 12: Chennai Visit Kalakshetra; a school that teaches local art, music, weaving and design, St. Mary’s Church, Sri Parthasarathy Temple and San Thomas Cathedral Basilica, which was rebuilt in 1606. Evening free to explore bazaar. B D Day 13: Chennai – Kolkata After breakfast transfer to board flight to Kolkata. Evening free to explore this historical city and its culture. Stay overnight.

Day 14: Kolkata - Farakka B D (Board Ship) After a leisurely breakfast, the morning is free until midday later checkout in time to be transferred to the railway station to board the express train to Farakka followed by transfer to the ship. Stay seven nights on board. B L D Day 15: Malda This morning cruise along a straight canal section to Jangipur, here we enjoy a full-day tour of Gaur. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus in the 12th century, then as the Muslim capital of Eastern India from the 1416th century.

Day 16: Baranagar & B L D Murshidabad This morning moor at the delightful sleepy village of Baranagar with three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples to which you walk through the fields. After lunch continue to Murshidabad where the Nawab’s great Hazarduari

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B L D Day 20: Chandernagore Sail downstream – past fine waterfront buildings and the old Dutch settlement at Chinsura – to land at Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Visit the 18thcentury church and Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India, before continuing down to Barrackpore. B Day 21: Kolkata Departure Early this morning, cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata and disembark after breakfast. Tour finish with direct transfer to the airport by afternoon.

“Your services whilst in India were amazing, we were so well looked after. We had not one worry and absolutely loved the whole trip.” – Diana

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Thekkady

Farakka

B L D ​ ay 18: Matiari D Visit the brassworking village of Matiari where you can see the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Continue through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON temple which dominates the skyline. B L D Day 19: Kalna Continue down to the country town of Kalna. Take rickshaws to explore the culture and see the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets and later visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly for an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal.

Small Group Journeys

Day 11: Pondicherry – Chennai B D Travel to Chennai, enrout visit Mahabalipuram, a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake, known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. Stay two nights.

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Palace built-in 1837 dominates the waterfront and later great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace.  B L D Day 17 Murshidabad Sail downstream a short distance then walk to the silk weaving village and Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughul-style garden enclosing the tombs of SirajUd-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal and his family. Continue downstream past the old British cantonment of Berhampur to the battlefield of Plassey. You can walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk and narrow bustling bazaars.

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sightseeing tour of the city, a French colonial settlement in India until 1954 but its French legacy is preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-coloured colonial villas and chic boutiques. Stay overnight.

River Ganges Cruise

Baranagar Murshidabad Matiari Kalna Chandernagore Kolkata

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES

TWIN

2019

NZ$

18 Oct-7 Nov

9,139

U

8-28 Nov

9,139

D

13 Dec-2 Jan 20

6,489

D

2020

NZ$

24 Jan-13 Feb

9,139

D

28 Feb-19 Mar

7,958

D

3-23 Apr

6,489

U

9-29 Oct

9,139

U

6-26 Nov

9,139

D

11-31 Dec

6,489

D

2021

NZ$

8-28 Jan

9,139

D

5-25 Feb

9,139

D

12 Mar-1 Apr

7,958

D

2-22 Apr

6,489

D

Tour notes: Low or high-water levels may cause disruption to cruising therefore itinerary and sightseeing are subject to change without notice. (U=Upstream, D=Downstream) Upstream itinerary will start from Kolkata. New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $210pp: Driver, Tour Guide, Crew and Tour Manager Economy airfare included: NZ$75 pp Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season) Price for solo travellers: available on request

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Best of Lanka & Cruising on Ganges 19 DAYS / 18 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

(THOD5/1)

5,878 PP

This tour combines culture and relaxation taking in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures whilst not forgetting the pleasures of a few days by the sea. Tour the ‘Cultural Triangle’ visiting the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the sacred cave temple of Dambulla and the inspiring sky citadel of Sigiriya. Travel to the bustling city of Kandy where you may explore the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the magnificent Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Travel to Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the misty experience of the tea garden. Finish the trip with a few days at a charming boutique hotel with miles of beaches right at your doorstep. Exploring India through its river gives the opportunity to witness untouched and yet to be explored rural India and its true culture. Setting sail from Kolkata-downstream/Farrkha-upstream along the intimate Ganges sidestream, the River Hooghly, which flows from Farakka on the main river down to Kolkata. Experience French, British and Dutch influence and explore deeper into the rich and diverse history of the region, Murshidabad, the capital of the Nawabs, the battlefield of Plassey, little known Bengali Terracotta temples and monuments of the medieval Islamic capital of Gaur. Day 1: Arrive Colombo Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. B D Day 2: Dambulla/Habarana Travel to Dambulla the hub of the cultural triangle. Afternoon visit the 2nd-century cave temple of Dambulla and stay three nights.

Day 4: Polonnaruwa & Wildlife B D Today take an excursion to the ruins of Polonnaruwa and witness a collection of rich architecture, extraordinary ancient irrigation methods and huge man-made reservoirs. Afternoon enjoy jeep safari to see herd of wild elephants and various wildlife at Minneriya national park.

B D Day 3: Anuradhapura Enjoy an excursion to Anuradhapura, ancient capital between 5th century BC - 9th century AD and the centre of the island’s Buddhist civilization. Afternoon enjoy catamaran ride on the Habarana Lake and evening free to relax.

B D Day 5: Kandy Morning visit impressive 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress. This world heritage site consists of the remains of a palace on the top of the rock. Later continue towards Kandy, en-route stop at Matale Spice Gardens. Stay two nights in Kandy.

B D Day 6: Kandy Today, your guide will take you on a tour to explore Kandy at your own leisure. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site. You will visit the Temple of the Tooth relic, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Gem Museum and in the evening, witness a traditional Kandan dance accompanied by live music. B D Day 7: Nuwara Eliya After breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. This hill station, known as ‘Little England’ since its adoption by colonial British tea planters. Stay two nights.

What’s included: 11 nights luxury accommodation 07 nights onboard ship Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified THO Tour Manager Colombo-Colombo (minimum 06 people) Cruise Tour Manager onboard ship Local English-speaking guide Entry fees and monument charges Economy class airfare Colombo-Kolkata Express train ride Cultural show Catamaran ride Wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park Tea tour & high tea Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes 46 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


Day 10: Beach Stay/ B D Galle Excursion Today you can choose to relax and enjoy the beach or after breakfast enjoy half-day excursion to Galle, famous as the Tarshish of the Bible and the Port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka. B D Day 11: Colombo – Kolkata Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before travelling back to Colombo. Tour finishes by late afternoon with direct transfer to the International airport.

Day 12: Farakka (Board Ship) After a leisurely breakfast, the morning is free until midday later checkout in time to be transferred to the railway station to board the express train to Farakka followed by transfer to the ship. Stay seven nights on board. B

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Day 13: Malda This morning cruise along a straight canal section to Jangipur, here we enjoy a full-day tour of Gaur. This quiet, deserted place was once one of India’s great cities, first under the Hindus in the 12th century, then as the Muslim capital of Eastern India from the 1416th century. B L D Day 14: Baranagar & B L D Murshidabad This morning moor at the delightful sleepy village of Baranagar with three gorgeous miniature terracotta temples to which you walk through the fields. After lunch continue to Murshidabad where the Nawab’s great Hazarduari Palace built-in 1837 dominates

B L D Day 15 Murshidabad Sail downstream a short distance then walk to the silk weaving village and Khushbagh, a peaceful Mughul-style garden enclosing the tombs of SirajUd-Daulah, the last independent Nawab of Bengal and his family. Continue downstream past the old British cantonment of Berhampur to the battlefield of Plassey. You can walk through the fields to the commemorative obelisk and narrow bustling bazaars. B L D Day 16: Matiari Visit the brassworking village of Matiari where you can see the whole primitive process of beating out brass water pots and other vessels. Continue through the countryside to Mayapur to visit the vast new ISKCON temple which dominates the skyline. B L D Day 17: Kalna Continue down to the country town of Kalna. Take rickshaws to explore the culture and see the unique Shiva temple with concentric rings made up of 108 shrinelets and later visit the imposing Imambara at Hooghly for an opportunity to step back in time and relive a slice of Islamic history in Bengal. B L D Day 18: Chandernagore Sail downstream – past fine waterfront buildings and the old Dutch settlement at Chinsura – to land at Chandernagore, a French possession until 1950. Visit the 18thcentury church and Dupleix’s House, the erstwhile Governor-General of French India, before continuing down to Barrackpore. B Day 19: Kolkata Departure Early this morning, cruise under the Howrah Bridge to central Kolkata and disembark after breakfast. Tour finish with direct transfer to the airport by afternoon.

Anuradhapura To River Ganges Cruise

Small Group Journeys

B D Day 9: Beach Stay Today travel to a beach resort, the rest of the day is free to relax and stay two nights.

the waterfront and later great Katra Mosque and Nashipara Palace before driving out to see the Katgola Palace.  

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B D Day 8: Tea Tour & High Tea Morning visit a Tea Plantation and Factory to observe the process of turning a raw green leaf into the finished product. Afternoon enjoy High Tea and evening free to relax or explore this small town.

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2 Bentota

Farakka

River Ganges Cruise

Baranagar Murshidabad Matiari Kalna Chandernagore Kolkata

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES 2019

TWIN NZ$

13-31 Oct

8,535

D

10-28 Nov

8,535

D

15 Dec-2 Jan ‘20

6,178

D

2020

NZ$

19 Jan-6 Feb

8,735

U

9-27 Feb

8,735

D

15 Mar-2 Apr

7,349

D

12-30 Apr

5,878

D

13 Sep-1 Oct

7,349

D

18 Oct-5 Nov

8,535

D

15 Nov-3 Dec

8,535

U

13-31 Dec

6,178

D

2021

NZ$

17 Jan-4 Feb

8,735

U

14 Feb-4 Mar

8,735

U

28 Mar-15 Apr

5,878

U

Tour notes: Low or high-water levels may cause disruption to cruising therefore itinerary and sightseeing are subject to change without notice. (U=Upstream, D=Downstream) Upstream itinerary will start from Kolkata. New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $266pp: Driver, Tour Guide, Crew and Tour Manager Economy airfare included: NZ$162 pp Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season) Price for solo travellers: available on request

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Palace on Wheels & Cruising Brahmaputra 18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS

(THOD3)

EASY-PACED GUARANTEED DEPARTURE MIN PAX: 02 FROM NZ $

10,989 PP

Though times have changed, and the winds have shifted, inspired by the Old Palace on Wheels, this new train ups the ante on royal style travel the kind only the Maharajas of yesteryears could have perpetuated and enjoyed. While onboard Palace On Wheels luxury train you will experience the vast history and amazing culture of Rajasthan. Fly to Guwahati to board ABN Charaidew II to explore the unique culture, wildlife and lifestyle of North East India. Day 01: Arrive Delhi – Onboard POW On arrival direct transfer to the Safdarjung Railway station. Around 4.30 PM check-in formalities are completed with the traditional welcome. At 6.30 PM the vibrantly decorated Palace on Wheels begins its eight-day odyssey cutting across the scenic landscapes and rich heritage of India. D

Day 03: Sawai Madhopur – B L D Chittorgarh Disembark for a safari in the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard while the train continues its journey to Chittorgarh for an afternoon city tour. Before returning on train enjoy High Tea at the fort and a light and sound show.

Day 02: Jaipur (Board Palace on Wheels) B L D The guests enjoy a delectable breakfast aboard and visit Albert Hall Museum followed by a host of architectural marvels - Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and Amber Fort. Late afternoon explore the local Bazaar for unique handicrafts.

B L D Day 04: Udaipur After breakfast enjoy a city tour and visit Saheliyon Ki Bari, the city palace and the crystal gallery that provide a breath-taking view of its cultural significance. After lunch is served at the Palace proceed to a boat ride to the resplendent Jagmandir Palace for tea.

What’s included:

B L D Day 05: Jaisalmer Enjoy breakfast onboard before city tour to the serene spot of Gadsasir Sagar Lake, stunning forts, the innumerable Havelis, sam sand dunes. Evening leaves Jaisalmer and heads towards Jodhpur.

Day 06: Jodhpur, Bharatpur B L D Explore the architectural and magnificent marvel of Mehrangarh Fort and the surrounding cenotaph of Jaswanth Thada. Celebrate a glimpse of the history at the Umaid Bhavan Museum and cap it all off by shopping in the nearby local markets. Day 07: Bharatpur – Agra B L D Start a day with a visit to worldrenowned Keola Deo sanctuary that

10 nights luxury accommodation 07 nights onboard Palace on Wheels Group assistance and transfers Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified Tour Manager onboard train and ship Local English-speaking guide Entry fees and monument charges Economy class airfare Delhi-Kolkata-Dibrugarh Cultural show Wildlife safari at Kaziranga National Park Tea tour & high tea Bottled water while travelling All current collectable taxes

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B D Day 08: Delhi – Kolkata After early breakfast journey on the Palace On Wheels come to an end. On arrival transfer to the airport to board the flight to Kolkata. Evening explores famous Chowringhee Lane and stay three night at the hotel.

B L D Day 13: Dhansiri Mukh This morning Walkthrough the town and visit Vishwanath, known for an 12-18 century Ahom-period Shiva temple.

B D Day 09: Kolkata Today start your city sightseeing tour with a visit to one of the largest Bustling outdoor market offering a wide selection of colourful flowers and garlands. Later visit Kumortuli, a traditional potter’s area renowned for its sculpting prowess, which not only manufactures clay idols for various festivals but also regularly exports them. B D Day 10: Kolkata Today visit Victoria Memorial and its museum, Belur Math, Howrah Bridge and drive past Mother Teresa’s House. Evening free to explore the surrounding area and local bazaar.

Day 11: Kolkata to Steemer Ghat B D (Board ship) Transfer to board the flight to Jorhat/ Dibrugarh airport and drive to Steemer Ghat, a lovely beach below junglecovered hills to board your ship. Day 12: Kaziranga B L D National Park Enjoy morning jeep safari at UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaziranga, home to the world’s largest population of the Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, Indian Elephant, Wild Water Buffalo

To Brahmaputra Cruise

Delhi

B L D ​ ay 16: Majuli Island D ​Today we explore Majuli Island, one of the world’s largest river islands. A microcosm of Assamese culture showcasing a unique way of life. Visit a monastery at Auniati with an eclectic museum, then attend a dance performance at Kamalabari monastery.

​ ay 17: Sibsagar D ​We visit Horu Charai tea estate and explore Sibsagar, the one-time capital of the Ahom kings of Assam. Continue cruise to Dikhou Mukh close to Sibsagar. B

L

D

​ ay 18 Dibrugarh/Jorhat Departure B D Disembark after breakfast and tour ​ finish with direct transfer to the nearby airport.

Bharatpur

Jaisalmer

Jaipur

Agra

Sawai Madhopur

Jodhpur

Day 14: Kaziranga B L D National Park This morning, we take a jeep safari ​ to Kaziranga’s little-visited Eastern Range, with grasslands much favoured by rhinos where you might also spot the rare Bengal Florican. B L D ​ ​Day 15: Village Another day spent cruising upstream. We shall take time to pause and walk through a bankside village, getting an insight into the life of rural India.

Small Group Journeys

and also earned the distinction of having the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers.

DELUXE

hosts thousands of local and migratory birds. Visit Agra fort, the Taj Mahal and local market in the afternoon.

Chittaurgarh Udaipur

Sibsagar Majuli Tezpur Kaziranga Silghat National Park

Neamati Ghat Jorhat

Dhansiri Mukh Brahmaputra Cruise

Departure & Pricing (NZ$ PER PERSON From) DATES 2019

TWIN NZ$

23 Oct-9 Nov

13,954

U

20 Nov-7 Dec

13,954

U

18 Dec-4 Jan ‘20

13,538

U

2020

NZ$

15 Jan-1 Feb

13,954

U

12-29 Feb

13,954

U

11-28 Mar

13,954

U

8-25 Apr

10,989

U

28 Oct-14 Nov

13,954

U

25 Nov-12 Dec

13,954

U

23 Dec-9 Jan ‘21

13,538

U

2021

NZ$

20 Jan-6 Feb

13,954

U

17 Feb-6 Mar

13,954

U

17 Mar-3 Apr

13,954

U

14 Apr-1 May

10,989

U

Tour notes: Low or high-water levels may cause disruption to cruising therefore itinerary and sightseeing are subject to change without notice. (U=Upstream, D=Downstream) Upstream itinerary will start from Kolkata. New Year Departure during festival and fair: Holi Christmas Diwali & Pushkar Suggested gratuity $170pp: Driver, Tour Guide, Crew and Tour Manager Economy airfare included: NZ$75pp Add wholesale return airfare: from NZ$1,000 (Low season) Price for solo travellers: available on request

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Bespoke, Private Escorted Tours DEPARTS DAILY

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Private Escorted Tours

Jama Masjid

Golden Triangle 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

1,325 PP

It might not be justifiable to say that Delhi, Agra and Jaipur can in anyway be a showpiece of what India truely is. However this combination of three enchanting destinations beautifully displays the richness of India’s history, heritage and culture in the shortest time possible. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi. B D Day 2: Delhi Mesmerise yourself in a splendid sight-seeing tour of New and Old Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, the Gandhi Memorial and the India Gate. Witness the legacy of the past that survives in the many monuments left behind by the regents. B D Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur Travel to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, founded by warriorastronomer Maharaja Jai Singh II.

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Explore the colourful bazaar of this pink city and stay overnight at your hotel. B D Day 4: Jaipur Start your full day tour with visit to Amber Fort. On your return drive past old part of city and visit City Palace Museum, Observatory, and Hawa Mahal known as Wind Palace. Evening free to explore famous local baazar of old Jaipur. Stay overnight at hotel. B D Day 5: Jaipur - Agra Today we travel to Agra, en-route visiting the abandoned city of Mughals, called Fatehpur Sikri. Enjoy this sightseeing tour with its interesting birth story of Fatehpur Sikri. Free to

relax in the evening and stay overnight at hotel. B Day 6: Agra - Delhi Departure Pay a visit to the immortal Taj Mahal and visit Agra Fort before travelling back to Delhi. Tour finishes by late afternoon with transfer to international airport to board your onward flight.

2 Delhi

Jaipur 2

1 Agra

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 1,464

/ $ 2,668

$ 1,659

/ $ 2,879

$ 2,999

/ $ 5,119

Tour notes:

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 1,325

/ $ 2,316

$ 1,498

/ $ 2,455

$ 2,264

/ $ 3,659

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Private English-speaking guide Entry fees and monument charges Jeep ride in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Private Escorted Tours

Most Loved

City Palace Udaipur

The Marigold Hotel 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

2,349 PP

This exciting private journey not only takes in some of the sites from the much-talked about film, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, but also has you staying at locations where the movie was shot, based on the availability of the hotels. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is, in fact, Rawla Khempur, a charming rural palace hotel situated about an hour to the north of Udaipur. Combining this with more famous sites in Delhi and Agra – including the Taj Mahal, as well as Jaipur and Udaipur, this tour will give you a great blend of both the mainstream and the offbeat, in some of India’s most colourful locations. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy a full-day city tour of Old and New Delhi, visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Qutab Minar and explore Chandni Chowk on the rickshaw. B D Day 3: Delhi – Agra Travel to Agra, visit mighty riverside Agra Fort and the iconic Taj Mahal during sunset. Stay overnight at hotel. B D Day 4: Agra – Jaipur Depart Agra and visit the magnificent city of Fatehpur Sikri. Later continue to Jaipur where most of the movie was filmed. Stay two nights at the hotel.

B D Day 5: Jaipur Today morning visit Amber Fort, City Palace, Observatory and Hawa Mahal. Afternoon free to explore bazaars of Old Jaipur to witness craftsman and artisan at work.

Day 6: Jaipur – Marigold Hotel B D Depart for Khempur and check into The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, AKA Ravla Khempur. And don’t worry although not super luxurious this charming converted palace hotel is a lot more comfortable than the film depicts. Stay overnight at hotel.

this beautiful lakeside town. Stay two nights in Udaipur. B D Day 8: Udaipur Enjoy a city tour and visit the City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Jag Mandir before ending the day with a boat ride on Lake Pichola. B Day 9: Udaipur Departure After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Udaipur airport to board the flight for Delhi or Mumbai.

B D Day 7: Khempur – Udaipur Enjoy a walk around the village before travelling a short distance to Udaipur, the Lake City, where you will have the rest of the day free to enjoy

2 Delhi

Jaipur 2

1 Agra

1 Marigold Hotel

Departure & Pricing

2

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

Udaipur

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 2,638

/ $ 4,656

$ 2,879

/ $ 5,097

$ 4,965

/ $ 8,299

Tour notes:

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 2,349

/ $ 3,959

$ 2,549

/ $ 4,319

$ 3,626

/ $ 5,784

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included: Hotel accommodation charges Jeep ride in Jaipur All current collectable taxes

Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Boat ride in Udaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi Bottled water while travelling

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Entry fees and monument Assistance and transfers


Private Escorted Tours

Top r Selle

Golden Triangle, Varanasi & Lucknow 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

3,129 PP

Delving into centuries of history, the tour uncovers ornate temples, magnificent Islamic architecture and marbled palaces. Experience the spiritual aspect of India’s age-old beliefs and enjoy a unique culinary experience in the metropolis of Nawab known as Lucknow. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Delhi for two nights stay. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy breakfast and a brief introduction to the city before starting a full day tour of old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India gate, Gandhi memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar. B D Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi After breakfast we board the morning flight to Varanasi. Later in the afternoon visit a silk-weaving village to witness the unique art of weaving silk and shop for souvenirs. In the evening witness a grand prayer ceremony at the Ghats. Stay two nights in Varanasi. B D Day 4: Varanasi Early morning start with a heritage walk and sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges. After breakfast enjoy a city tour and afternoon excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after his enlightenment. B D Day 5: Varanasi - Lucknow Early morning transfer to the railway station to enjoy a short train ride to

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Lucknow. Lucknow is also known as ’The City of Nawabs’ and is an intriguing blend of old-world charm, beautiful architecture, warm hospitality, and rich heritage. In the evening enjoy a walking food tour which allows you to hop-in-and-out of the world-famous traditional roadside eateries. B D Day 6: Lucknow Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and visit Bada Imambara and Museum. In the afternoon visit a chikan workshop, a unique style of embroidery only foud in this city. Afternoon take a leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar.

Fatehpur Sikri. Evening free to explore the markets. Stay two nights at Jaipur. B D Day 10: Jaipur Start a full day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory and photo stop at the Hawa Mahal as we drive past the old part of the magnificent Pink City.

Day 11: Jaipur - Delhi Departure B After breakfast travel back to Delhi. Tour finishes with direct transfer to Delhi international airport to board your onward flight home.

B D Day 7: Lucknow - Agra After breakfast travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Evening free to relax or explore the local bazaar. Stay two nights in Agra. B D Day 8: Agra An early morning visit to the Taj Mahal, after breakfast visit the impressive 16th century Agra Fort, Itimad-uddaulah and visit a marble workshop to meet and witness remaining artisans. B D Day 9: Agra - Jaipur After breakfast travel to Jaipur. Enroute visit abandoned city of Mughals,

Delhi 2

2

Jaipur

2

Agra 2

Lucknow

2 Varanasi

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 3,336

/ $ 5,884

$ 3,879

/ $ 6,514

$ 5,599

/ $ 9,399

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 3,129

/ $ 5,315

$ 3,525

/ $ 5,699

$ 4,698

/ $ 7,599

Tour notes: Economy airfare included: NZ$66pp During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Rickshaw ride in Delhi Walking food tour in Lucknow Jeep ride in Jaipur Airfare in economy class Delhi-Varanasi Train ticket in air-conditioned class Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Private Escorted Tours

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Forts & Palaces updated 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

3,285 PP

After exploring the sights of Old and New Delhi as well as the spectacular Taj Mahal, journey through the princely state of Rajasthan to take a closer look at the region’s magnificent forts and explore cities that are full of atmosphere and character, set against the stunning desert scenery. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, visit Qutab Minar, the Lotus Temple and Jama Masjid and travel through the India Gate, Red Fort, Parliament and the President House. B D Day 3: Delhi – Agra Travel to Agra, visit Agra Fort and conclude your day with a sunset visit to the incomparable monument of love, the Taj Mahal. Stay overnight at Agra. B D Day 4: Agra – Jaipur Travel to Jaipur, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, known as the abandoned city of Mughals, built in 1569 by Emperor Akbar. Afternoon is free to explore the bazaar trails and the appeal of its colourful markets and cheerful people. Stay two nights at Jaipur. B D Day 5: Jaipur Witness the wonderful combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture

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during your sightseeing. Visit Amber Fort, the City Palace, Jantar Mantar and enjoy a photo stop at Hawa Mahal. B D Day 6: Jaipur – Khejarla After breakfast, we travel to Khejarla and evening free to explore the village. The 400-year-old fort now converted to a heritage hotel offers picturesque settings, latticework friezes and intricate Jharokas that will transport you back in time to experience the majesty of a long-gone era of valour and chivalry. Stay overnight at a heritage hotel. B D Day 7: Khejarla – Jodhpur Travel to Jodhpur a city founded in 1459 AD that seems like an oasis in the vast desert. Afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Tada. Evening free to explore local famous Sadar Bazaar. Stay two nights. B L D Day 8: Rural Experience After breakfast start enjoy rural experience. Travel through the dry riverbed and off beaten road to reach small village. Meet the different communities and witness the lifestyle of locals. Lunch is served at the scenic spot before exploring the villages.

B D Day 9: Jodhpur – Udaipur Travel to travel to Udaipur, formerly the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, set around a series of artificial lakes and is known for its lavish royal residences. Evening free to walk around the local bazaar. Stay two nights. B D Day 10: Udaipur Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and visit City Palace museum which houses a remarkable collection of ancient sculptures and inscriptions of the bygone era, the Jagdish temple for its Indo-Aryan style of architecture, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir and Jag Mandir. B Day 11: Udaipur Departure After a leisurely breakfast, the tour finishes with transfer to Udaipur airport where you board your onward flight.

2 Delhi

Jaipur 2

1 Agra

Jodhpur 2 1 Khejarla 2 Udaipur

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 3,455

/ $ 5,515

$ 3,935

/ $ 6,449

$ 6,424 / $ 10,587

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 3,285

/ $ 5,199

$ 3,387

/ $ 5,569

$ 4,877

What’s included:

/ $ 7,689

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Private English-speaking tour guide Entry fees and monument charges Boat ride in Udaipur Jeep ride in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Private Escorted Tours

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Himalayan Valley 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

EASY – MODERATE DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

2,959 PP

Originally Himachal Pradesh, the Himalayan region has now been divided into two states; Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal. Blessed with some of the most spectacular and beautiful landscapes in the world, it is a traveller’s paradise – lofty snow peaks, deep gorges, lush green valleys, fast flowing rivers, enchanting mountain lakes, flower bedecked meadows, beautiful temples and monasteries steeped in time. Explore the region on this journey and make memories to stay with you forever. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi. B D Day 2: Delhi Visit Jama Masjid, Qutb Minar, Gandhi Memorial and the India Gate and enjoy a rickshaw ride in the narrow street of the famous Chandni Chowk bazaar. B D Day 3: Delhi - Shimla Start our day with a train journey to Kalka to board the Himalayan Queen train for an unforgettable journey. Registered in The Guinness Book of World Records as the greatest narrow gauge engineering achievement in India from Kalka to Shimla, this track passes through the breathtaking landscapes of the majestic Himalayas, with 103 tunnels, 969 bridges and more than 20 railway stations. Transfer on arrival and stay two nights at Shimla. B D Day 4: Shimla Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and explore the Mall, the Ridge and the beautiful

Departure & Pricing

town covered with pine forests, boasting breathtaking views and a legacy of the bygone British era.

afternoon explore this holy city and visit the famous Golden Temple. Stay two nights at Amritsar.

B D Day 5: Shimla - Manali Travel to Manali and enjoy the scenic ride and breathtaking beauty of this hill station. Stay two nights at Manali.

B D Day 10: Amritsar Relax in the morning and visit the Jallianwala Bagh which tells the sad story of the mass killing of April 1919, then experience a retreat ceremony at Wagha Border.

B D Day 6: Manali Go for an excursion to Rohtang Pass for panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas.

Day 7: Manali - Dharamshala B D Travel to Dharamshala and enjoy another scenic ride through many small villages in the Himachal Valley. Stay two nights at Dharamshala. B D Day 8: Dharamshala Explore the home of Noble Laureate the Dalai Lama and enjoy a panoramic view of the tea gardens, beautiful hills, colourful bazaar and colonial lifestyle.

Day 9: Dharamshala - Amritsar B D Travel to Amritsar to see the most sacred shrine and important holy place of the Sikh religion. In the

B Day 11: Amritsar - Delhi After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board the Delhi-bound train. On arrival the tour finishes with a direct transfer to Delhi Airport.

Dharamshala

2 Manali

2

Amritsar 2

2 Shimla

Delhi 2

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 2,959

/ $ 5,167

$ 3,659

/ $ 6,169

$ 4,586

/ $ 7,599

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 3,115

/ $ 5,287

$ 3,879

/ $ 6,498

$ 4,614

/ $ 7,644

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Private English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Rickshaw ride in Delhi Toy train ride Kalka-Shimla Train ticket in air-conditioned class Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Private Escorted Tours

Splendid India 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

4,187 PP

Discover the mysteries and legends surrounding the dramatic and varied settings of the British capital of Delhi. Venture into India’s wild side and spot the tigers amongst the many wild animals, the fort in Gwalior, Palaces in Orchha, famous temples of Khajuraho, the spectacular Taj Mahal, the spirituality of India at Varanasi and finish with Mumbai the Bollywood city. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy a full day city sightseeing tour and visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid and the Gandhi Memorial and travel past the India Gate, Red Fort, Parliament and the President’s House.

Day 3: Delhi – Ranthambhore NP B D Transfer to board express train to Sawai Madhopur. Remaining day free to explore this small village and stay two nights in Ranthambore. B L D Day 4: Wildlife Safari Enjoy morning and afternoon wildlife safari; spot mysterious Royal Bengal Tigers and many other wildlife species, reptiles and birds. Rest of the day is free to explore this small town.

Day 5: Ranthambhore - Agra B D Travel by road to Agra and en-route visit abandoned city of Mughals known as Fatehpur Sikri. Stay two nights at Agra. B D Day 6: Agra Start your day with visit to the symbol of everlasting love the Taj Mahal. After

breakfast visit Agra Fort and Itimadud-Daulah’s tomb. Evening a enjoy cooking class with home cooked dinner at local family house. B D Day 7: Gwalior - Orchha Travel to Orchha and en-route visit 15th century Gwalior Fort. Evening visit Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and explore former capital of the Bundelas. Stay overnight at Orchha. B D Day 8: Orchha - Khajuraho Travel to Khajuraho and visit the world famous erotic temples constructed between 950 and 1050AD. The temples are a unique gift of love to the world. Stay overnight at Khajuraho.

Day 9: Khajuraho – Varanasi B D Enjoy relaxed breakfast as the day is free to explore this beautiful village. On time checkout and transfer to airport where you board flight to Varanasi. Evening free to relax and stay two nights in Varanasi. B D Day 10: Varanasi Early morning enjoy a boat ride and witness devotees bathing in the holy River Ganges, chanting mantras and offering flowers to the goddess. After breakfast take an excursion to Sarnath. Evening visit silk weaving village, enjoy a heritage walk through narrow streets

to reach the ghats and experience a grand prayer ceremony. B D Day 11: Varanasi – Mumbai After leisurely breakfast transfer to board your flight to city of Bollywood. Evening is free to relax and stay two nights in Mumbai. B D Day 12: Mumbai Enjoy a city sightseeing tour, visiting Prince of Wales Museum, Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens and Dhobhi Ghat with a walk along the bustling Chowapatti beach. B Day 13: Mumbai Departure After breakfast checkout from the hotel and tour finishes with transfer to the airport.

2 Delhi

Ranthambhore NP 2

2 Agra

Gwalior

Varanasi 2

Orchha 1 1

Khajuraho

Mumbai 2

Departure & Pricing

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 4,528

/ $ 8,079

$ 4,889

/ $ 8,199

$ 7,024 / $ 11,957

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 4,187

/ $ 6,966

$ 4,511

/ $ 7,447

$ 5,699

What’s included: Hotel accommodation

/ $ 9,412

Tour notes: From 1 Jul to 30 Sep Ranthambore will be replaced with Bharatpur. Economy airfare included: NZ$200pp During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Private English-speaking tour guide Entry fees and monument charges Airfare in economy class Khajuraho-Varanasi-Mumbai Wildlife safari at Ranthambhore Rickshaw ride in Delhi Cooking class with home cooked dinner Walking tour in Varanasi Visit to silk weaving village Boat ride in Varanasi Train ticket in air-conditioned class Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes 56 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

3,699 PP

In this 13-day tour, we travel across the northern states that include Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Agra and Jodhpur. Enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges, and an excursion to Sarnath in Varanasi, witness exquisite textile and experience cuisine of Lucknow, as well as historical monuments and forts in Delhi and Jaipur, conclude your holiday in the beautiful palace of Neemrana. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy a full day city tour of New and Old Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar and Jama Masjid and explore Chandni Chowk by rickshaw. Drive past the mighty Red Fort, India Gate, Presidents and Parliament House. B D Day 3: Delhi – Varanasi After breakfast transfer to board your flight to Varanasi and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon enjoy visiting a silkweaving village and conclude your day by witnessing the grand Ganges prayer ceremony. Stay two nights. B D Day 4: Varanasi Early morning boat ride and witness the people of Hindu faith taking a dip in the holy water of River Ganges to ritually cleansing their sins. Later enjoy an excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Evening free to explore this spiritual town. B D Day 5: Varanasi – Lucknow An early morning transfer to the railway station to board the train to Lucknow. Known as ’The City of Nawabs’ and is an intriguing blend of old-world

Departure & Pricing

charm, beautiful architecture, warm hospitality, and rich heritage. In the evening enjoy a walking food tour which allows you to hop-in, hop-out of the world-famous traditional roadside eateries. Stay two nights in Lucknow. B D Day 6: Lucknow Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and visit Bada Imambara, Government Museum. In the afternoon visit a chikan workshop that will mesmerise you as you watch skilled workers delicately working in unique styles and stitches on very light cotton cloths. Evening free to take a leisure walk in Hazrat Ganj and Aminabad local bazaar. B D Day 7: Lucknow – Agra After breakfast travel to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Afternoon visit Agra Fort and Itimadud-Daulah and conclude our day with visit to the city’s marble carving industry. Stay two nights. B D Day 8: Agra An early morning visit to famous Taj Mahal; known as the most perfect marble-built monument in the world. After breakfast visit Agra Fort evening explore local bazaar. B D Day 9: Agra – Jaipur Travel by road to Jaipur, en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital built in the 16th Century by Emperor Akbar. Afternoon explore

colourful bazaar trails of the Pink City. Stay two nights. B D Day 10: Jaipur Visit Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, the best-preserved 18th Century observatory, and the City Palace which is still home to the Royal family. Take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal. B D Day 11: Jaipur – Neemrana Enjoy your leisurely breakfast before travelling to Neemrana. Be amazed by the scenery of rural Rajasthan and stay two nights at the former Fort built in 1464 AD and now the luxury Neemrana Fort and Palace Hotel. B D Day 12: Neemrana Pamper yourself while staying at one of the oldest heritage resorts and explore this small town as the day is free for your own activities.

Day 13: Neemrana – Delhi Airport B After a relaxed breakfast return to Delhi. Your tour will finish by late afternoon with direct transfer to Delhi airport.

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DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 3,946

/ $ 6,899

$ 4,459

/ $ 7,595

$ 6,199 / $ 10,520

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 3,699

/ $ 6,269

$ 4,187

/ $ 6,999

$ 5,195

/ $ 8,579

Tour notes: Economy airfare included: NZ$66pp During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included: Hotel accommodation

Travel, transfer & sightseeing by private air-conditioned car with driver Private Englishspeaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Walking food tour in Lucknow Jeep ride in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi Boat ride in Varanasi Train ticket in air-conditioned chair car Airfare in economy class Delhi-Varanasi Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 57

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Golden Triangle & Wellness Tour of India 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

3,719 PP

This tour is designed for those who have limited time but want to visit the “must-dos” of India, the Golden Triangle and also want to rejuvenate body, mind and soul in a pristine coastal area. Highlights include Agra with its ultimate symbol of love, the Taj Mahal and Fort; Jaipur, the Pink City famous for its colour, culture and palaces, and Delhi, the capital of India, where we witness the living history of the Mughals and the British Raj. Stay at a resort for seven nights to rejuvenate your senses with the goodness of yoga, Ayurveda therapy and specially prepared meals made with fresh local produce. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Delhi for two nights stay. B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy breakfast and a brief introduction of the city before starting full day tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, India Gate, Gandhi Memorial and Chandni Chowk bazaar. B D Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur Travel to Jaipur the Pink City of India. Afternoon is free to explore the bazaar trails and witness the timeless appeal of its colourful markets and cheerful people. Stay two nights at Jaipur. B D Day 4: Jaipur Start full day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort. Also visit the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory, and Hawa Mahal and drive past the old part of Jaipur city. B D Day 5: Jaipur – Agra After breakfast drive towards Jaipur en-route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, an outstanding example of Mughal

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architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stay two nights in Agra. B D Day 6: Agra Morning visit to the immortal Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shahjahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. After breakfast continue with the sightseeing tour, visiting the impressive 16th century Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah also known as ‘Baby Taj’, and conclude with a visit to a marble-inlay workshop for an understanding of the beautiful calligraphy done on the Taj Mahal with precious stones.

Day 7: Agra – Wellness Resort B D After breakfast travel to Delhi to board flight and transfer by road to your Wellness Resort located away from the hustle bustle in a pristine beach and peaceful environment. Rejuvenate and heal your body, mind and soul with the goodness of ancient yoga and Ayurveda Therapy. Stay seven nights at the Wellness Resort. Day 8-13: Wellness Resort B L D The Retreat’s daily programme includes yoga and meditation sessions or you can spend lazy days

on the beach or at the pool. There are a range of daily ayurvedic therapy sessions, and fantastic fresh food and great service. Enjoy an introduction to Yoga kriyas, asanas, Yoga nidra, meditations and Pranayama, relaxing Abhyanga Ayurveda massages and special focus yoga sessions. B Day 14: Cochin/Goa Departure After breakfast check out from the resort and tour finishes with transfer to the airport.

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DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 4,169

/ $ 6,249

$ 6,049

/ $ 8,989

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 3,719

/ $ 5,429

$ 4,619

/ $ 6,889

What’s included:

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Tour notes: 7 nights Wellness Package Economy airfare included: NZ$88pp During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Private English-speaking tour guide Entry fees and monument charges Rickshaw ride in Delhi Airfare in economy class Delhi-Cochin/Goa Jeep ride in Jaipur At the Wellness Resort: Ayurveda doctor consultation, Yoga, Meditation and detox session, Special meal while at resort, Special yoga session, Massage and therapy Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes 58 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


Land of Maharajas 16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

4,148 PP

Land of Maharajas leads you through some of the exciting cities of Rajasthan, as well as unlocking a few hidden gems which lie slightly off the well-known route. The Thar Desert and Aravalli Hills combine to create a stunning visual backdrop to this journey. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay. B D Day 2: Delhi Full day sightseeing tour of the city. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, India Gate, and enjoy a rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk before we drive past the Red Fort, Parliament House and the President’s House. B D Day 3: Delhi – Mandawa Journey by road to Mandawa, named “The Open-Air Art Gallery of Rajasthan”. In the afternoon visit Mandawa Fort and the intricately carved and elegantly painted Havelis. Stay overnight at Mandawa. B D Day 4: Mandawa – Bikaner Travel to Bikaner, centre of art and culture of medieval India. In the afternoon visit the well-preserved 16th century Junagarh Fort and Lallgarh Palace. Stay overnight at Bikaner. B D Day 5: Bikaner – Jaisalmer Travel to Jaisalmer, located deep in the heart of the Thar Desert. Witness exquisitely carved houses dating back to the 12th century and experience a medieval township caught in a time warp. Stay two nights at Jaisalmer. B D Day 6: Jaisalmer Full day sightseeing tour. Visit 15th century Jaisalmer Fort and wellpreserved palaces, elegantly carved

Patwon Ki Haveli and Salim Singh Haveli. Conclude your day with a camel ride over the sand dunes. B D Day 7: Jaisalmer – Jodhpur Travel to Jodhpur and explore the rustic rural life of the locals wearing colourful multi-hued turbans and special mirror-jaded costumes. Stay two nights at Jodhpur. B D Day 8: Jodhpur Visit an old city surrounded by a 10km wall and its winding colourful street markets., blue houses, and the beauty and grandeur of the numerous palaces within Mehrangarh Fort. B D Day 9: Jodhpur – Udaipur Drive to Udaipur and stop midway to visit the Ranakpur temples, famous for their 1,444 elegantly carved pillars, with no two identical. Stay two nights at Udaipur. B D Day 10: Udaipur Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of this romantic city, visiting City Palace, Jagdish Temple, the Museum, Jag Mandir and Saheliyon Ki Bari. In the evening take a sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola and explore the shops along the narrow winding streets. B D Day 11: Udaipur – Pushkar Journey through rural areas to Pushkar, a city famous for its annual camel fair. Explore Pushkar Lake and the bazaars of this small town. Stay overnight at Pushkar.

B D Day 12: Pushkar – Jaipur Travel to Jaipur, known as the Pink City and famous for its colour, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. In the afternoon witness the royal heritage of the city. Stay two nights at Jaipur. B D Day 13: Jaipur Full day city tour to visit the City Palace which houses costumes and antiques. Visit the Observatory, then take a photo stop at Hawa Mahal. B D Day 14: Jaipur – Agra Travel to Agra. En-route stop to visit Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akbar and now known as a ghost town. The afternoon is yours free to explore the world-renowned city of the Taj. Stay two nights at Agra. B D Day 15: Agra Start your day with visit to the Taj Mahal, most loved for its eternal beauty, then to the 16th Century Agra Fort, and Itimad-Ud-Daulah that was built by Mughal Empress Noor Jahan in memory of her father. B Day 16: Agra – Delhi Departure After a leisurely breakfast, return to Delhi where the tour finishes with a direct transfer to airport.

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Departure & Pricing

Jodhpur

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

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Jaipur

Delhi 2 Agra

Pushkar

2 Udaipur

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 4,545

/ $ 7,975

$ 5,277

/ $ 8,937

$ 8,499

/ $ 14,159

Tour notes:

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 4,148

/ $ 7,087

$ 4,559

/ $ 7,689

$ 6,519

/ $ 10,564

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Private English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Jeep ride in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi Boat ride in Udaipur Camel ride in Jaisalmer Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 59

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Essence of Kerala 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

1,697 PP

This tour covers culture, lush tropical scenery, the scent of spices, tea and flowers, colonial buildings that jostle for space with churches, synagogues, mosques and temples, golden beaches, quiet inland waterways and a backdrop of jungle-covered slopes. Day 1: Arrive Cochin On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Cochin. B D Day 2: Cochin Visit Mattancherry Palace (built by the Portuguese in 1555 AD), a Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Basilica. Experience Chinese fishing net and conclude your evening by watching a theatrical Kathakali dance drama unfold. B D Day 3: Private Kettuvalam Travel by road and embark on a traditional houseboat at Alleppey.

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Experience serenity while cruising on backwaters winding through the vast stretch of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lining both sides of the canals. Enjoy onboard meals with an overnight stay on the houseboat. B D Day 4: Kumarakom Disembark after breakfast, transfer to Kumarakom and check in to the hotel. Afternoon enjoy nature walk and explore this small village. Stay overnight at Kumarakom. B D Day 5&6: Kovalam Early morning visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary to spot rare and endangered species of birds and

reptiles. Later enjoy a scenic drive to Kovalam and stay two nights at the beach resort. B Day 7: Kovalam – Trivandrum After a leisurely breakfast, the tour will finish with a transfer to Trivandrum airport.

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DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 1,997

/ $ 3,424

$ 2,723

/ $ 4,648

$ 3,626

/ $ 6,374

Tour notes:

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 1,697

/ $ 2,919

$ 2,145

/ $ 3,584

$ 2,825

/ $ 4,599

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included: Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English-speaking guide Entry fees and monument charges Private backwater cruise Kathkali dance show 01 Basic Ayurvedic massage Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes 60 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


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Spice of Kerala 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

3,217 PP

On this 12-day tour, you will be transported back in time at the spice trading port of Cochin, with its melting pot of cultural influences, lulled by the serene beauty of Kerala’s backwaters and nature walk in the jungles of Periyar. Madurai will introduce you to a century-old culture, the fragrant tea plantations and hill forests of Munnar are sure to enchant as you discover the Spice of Kerala. Day 1: Arrive Cochin On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Cochin. B D Day 2: Cochin Cochin’s sightseeing includes Cochin Harbour terminus where the Chinese fishing nets present a wonderful sight; Mattancherry Dutch Palace; The Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church (built in 1510 and where Vasco Da Gama was originally buried). Later visit the Hill Palace which was built in the 19th century. Later you will be collected for a Kathakali Dance Show. B D Day 3: Cochin – Munnar Enjoy a beautiful drive to Munnar, famous for its scenic beauty, marvellous waterfalls and high mountains. The remainder of the day is free for your own activities. Stay two nights at Munnar. B D Day 4: Munnar Explore a town that is difficult to describe and witness tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometres. Munnar

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has lush green hills with sparse population. B D Day 5: Munnar – Thekkady Travel to Thekkady, known for the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. In the afternoon take a walk and explore this spice town and stay two nights at Thekkady. B D Day 6: Thekkady Enjoy a boat ride on the lake to spot wildlife, and later visit a spice plantation farm growing cardamom, pepper, coffee, and tea. On your way back you could stop at the local market and purchase their fragrant spices. B L D Day 7: Backwaters Cruise Transfer for embarkation on your private houseboat at Alleppey and cruise through the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Witness the lifestyle of the locals and travel the vast network of lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals. Enjoy onboard meals and stay overnight on the houseboat. B D Day 8: Alleppey – Kollam Disembark after breakfast and travel to Kollam, the centre of the country’s cashew trading and processing

industry. Take an afternoon walk in this beautiful small town. Stay two nights at Kollam. B D Day 9: Kollam Interact with the locals and experience their day-to-day life or relax at the resort offering options of various Ayurvedic treatments. B D Day 10: Kollam – Kovalam Travel to Kovalam, a beautiful fishing and beach town in Kerala. Day is free to relax and stay two nights in Kovalam. B D Day 11: Kovalam Have a leisurely breakfast, enjoy Ayurveda massage and relax at the beach. B Day 12: Trivandrum Departure After breakfast tour finishes with transfers to Trivandrum airport.

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(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

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Kovalam

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 3,599

/ $ 6,379

$ 5,089 / $ 8,149

$ 6,179 / $ 10,669

Tour notes:

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 3,217

/ $ 5,627

$ 3,999

$ 4,885

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

/ $ 6,536

/ $ 7,879

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Local English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Private backwater cruise Kathakali dance show Flower market visit Spice plantation tour in Periyar Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 61


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Scenic South 16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

4,494 PP

Experience the culture as we cross two States (Kerala and Tamil Nadu), each with distinctive cultural traditions, exquisite architecture, rich, delicately scented cuisine and an endlessly varied spiced feast for the senses. Day 1: Arrive Chennai On arrival at the airport meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Chennai. B D Day 2: Chennai Visit Kalakshetra; a school that teaches local art, music, weaving and design, St. Mary’s Church, Sri Parthasarathy Temple and San Thomas Cathedral Basilica, which was rebuilt in 1606. B D Day 3: Mahabalipuram Drive to Mahabalipuram, en-route visit 2nd century Kanchipuram, a city with a thousand temples and famous for its silk weavers, who settled around 400 years ago. Stay two nights at Mahabalipuram. B D Day 4: Mahabalipuram Go on a sightseeing tour and visit marvellous monuments with sculptured panels, caves and temples built during the Pallava Dynasty. In the evening enjoy a walk and witness life of locals living in the town.

108 forms of dance. Also visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram with its richly-carved temples from the Chola Dynasty. Stay two nights at Tanjavur. B D Day 7: Thanjavur We proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city also known as the “Rice Bowl”, famous for the ancient handicraft making of bronze icons. Visit intricately carved temples dating back to the 10th century and shop for souvenirs. B D Day 8: Thanjavur – Trichy Enjoy a short drive to Trichy, claimed to be one of the oldest towns established several centuries before the birth of Christ. Visit Rock Fort and ancient temples and walk around to witness the culture left behind by many rulers. Stay overnight at Trichy. B D Day 9: Trichy – Madurai Travel to Madurai and relax at the hotel or explore the town, famous for silk weaving. Stay two nights at Madurai.

B D Day 5: Pondicherry Travel by road to Pondicherry and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city ruled by the French before independence. Stay overnight at Pondicherry.

B D Day 10: Madurai Visit the magnificent Meenakshi Temple and experience the stunning architecture. The sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva.

B D Day 6: Thanjavur Drive to Thanjavur, en-route visit Chidambaram, noted for its dancing Shiva Natraja sculptures that illustrate

Day 11: Madurai – Thekkady B D After breakfast travel to Thekkady and visit the spice plantation growing cardamom, pepper, coffee, and tea.

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Later stop at the local market and purchase some fresh spices as souvenirs. Stay two nights at Thekkady. B D Day 12: Wildlife Safari This morning we enjoy a wildlife safari at the Periyar National Park. Remainder of the day is free to relax.

Day 13: Backwater Cruise B L D Drive to Alleppey and embark on your private houseboat. Cruise through the narrow canals and backwaters of Kerala and experience unforgettable panoramic sights. All meals and overnight on board. Day 14: Kumarakom – Cochin B D Disembark after breakfast and travel to Cochin, set on a cluster of peninsulas and islands in the Indian Ocean. Evening enjoy Kathakali Dance show. Stay two nights at Cochin. B D Day 15: Cochin Enjoy a sightseeing tour and explore Fort Cochin and conclude your evening with a Kathakali dance show at the theatre. B Day 16: Cochin Departure After a leisurely breakfast, the tour finishes with transfer to the airport around midday.

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DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 4,749 / $ 8,266

$ 5,769

/ $ 9,998

$ 7,694 / $ 13,449

Tour notes:

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 4,494 / $ 7,889

$ 5,189

/ $ 8,869

$ 6,789

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

/ $ 11,699

What’s included: Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English-speaking guide Entry fees and monument charges Private backwater cruise Kathkali dance show Boat ride in Cochin Spice plantation visit Wildlife safari in Periyar Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes 62 | www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz


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Enchanting South 17 DAYS / 16 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

5,277 PP

This tour will take you to hidden places in south India, covering the Karnataka and Kerala regions. Experience the culture, rituals, villages and colonial buildings that jostle for space with churches, synagogues and mosques; golden beaches, quiet inland waterways and a backdrop of jungle-covered slopes. Day 1: Arrive Bangalore On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay at Bangalore. B D Day 2: Bangalore – Mysore In the morning visit the Bull Temple, carved out of a single granite rock. Visit Bangalore Palace, built in the Tudor style, and the summer palace of Tipu Sultan. In the afternoon drive to Mysore and stay two nights. B D Day 3: Mysore Visit Mysore Palace, and Chamundi Hill to see panoramic views of the city. In the evening visit Brindavan Gardens, famous for their spectacular musical fountains.

Day 4: Wildlife & Tea Gardens B D Journey to Ooty, en-route visit Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and spot many species of birds and reptiles. Continue to Ooty and afternoon is free to relax. Stay two nights in Ooty. B D Day 5: Tribe & Toy Train Go for sightseeing tour and visit Botanical Gardens, Lake, and tribal Village. Afternoon enjoy the famous toy train ride from Connor to Ooty on the historical Nilgiri Mountain Railway established in 1899. B L D Day 6: Ooty – Wayanad Travel to Wayanad, the green paradise nestled among the mountains of the

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Western Ghats. Afternoon free to explore. Stay two nights in Wayanad. B L D Day 7: Wayanad Morning enjoy fun packed jungle safari at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Kuruwa Island before visiting Edakkal Caves. B D Day 8: Wayanad – Bekal Today drive to Bekal and to Pallikare village which is in a very attractive region situated on the shoreline of the Arabian Sea. Rest of day is free to explore. Stay two nights. B D Day 9: Bekal Enjoy sightseeing tour and visit Bekal Fort, known to be one of the largest and best preserved forts. B D Day 10: Bekal – Kozhikode Travel to Kozhikode, stopping enroute at Azhikode to visit Handloom weaving village and Thalassery. Stay two nights. B D Day 11: Kozhikode Visit Beypore, a prominent port and fishing harbour of ancient Kerala. Afternoon explore the famous Sweet Meat Street for handicraft and textiles and the wholesale spice market at Big Bazaar Road. B D Day 12: Kozhikode – Cochin Travel to Cochin and en-route stop at the holy town where you will witness a countless line of devotees making

a major pilgrimage to Guruvayoor Temple. Evening free to explore Fort Cochin. Stay two nights. B D Day 13: Cochin Visit the synagogue built in 1568, spice trade centres, a Dutch Palace, and St. Francis Church, which contains the burial place of Vasco-de-Gama. Explore Fort Cochin and end your day at the theatre with a Kathakali Dance show.

Day 14: Backwater Cruise B L D Transfer to board your private Kerala houseboat. Cruise through the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey to observe the lifestyle of locals living alongside the banks. All meals and overnight on board. Day 15 & 16: Kovalam Beach B D Disembark after breakfast and transfer to Kovalam. Enjoy a traditional Ayurveda oil massage. Stay two nights, exploring this beach resort. B Day 17: Trivandrum Departure After a leisurely breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Trivandrum airport.

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DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Apr 20

$ 5,958 / $ 10,299

$ 5,545 / $ 12,557

$ 9,397 / $ 16,344

Tour notes:

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 5,277

$ 6,264 / $ 10,698

$ 8,494 / $ 14,895

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

/ $ 9,264

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Local English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Private backwater cruise 01 Ayurveda oil massage Boat ride in Cochin 02 Wildlife safari Kathakali dance show Toy train ride Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 63


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Family Fun in India 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

7,998 Per Family

Our family holidays are designed to be fun, with time to bond as a family and create great memories. We have included plenty of activities for both chidlren and parents. This journey introduces you to some of the most impressive UNESCO World Her­itage Sites including the Taj Mahal and museums. Search for the elusive tiger in the Ranthambore National Park and end your holiday with a beach stay in beautiful Kerala. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay in Delhi.

Day 5: Jaipur – Ranthambore B L D Travel to Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy lunch at the hotel as the day is free to relax or enjoy village walk. Stay two nights in Ranthambore.

B D Day 2: Delhi Enjoy a short briefing on your tour before starting city tour of Old and New Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Qutb Minar, explore Chandni Chowk on a rickshaw and visit National Rail Museum to witness the history and evolution of Indian Railways. Return to hotel for dinner.

B L D Day 6: Ranthambore Enjoy morning and afternoon safari at the Ranthambore National Park majorly famous for its tigers in its natural habitat amongst many other reptiles, birds and wild animals.

B D Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur Travel to Jaipur, a treasure-trove of culture, art and history, famous for its colour, lifestyle and Rajasthani cuisine. Evening take a ride on tuk-tuk to an authentic Bollywood movie experience in the famous Raj Mandir Theatre. Stay two nights in Jaipur. B D Day 4: Jaipur After breakfast take an excursion to the majestic Amber Fort with a photo stop at Hawa Mahal. Enjoy a jeep ride while ascend the fort and visit City Palace Museum and Jantar Mantar. Afternoon free to relax or explore the local bazaar.

Departure & Pricing

B D Day 7: Ranthambore – Agra Travel to Agra, home to the famous Taj Mahal. Afternoon visit Itimad-UdDaulah also known as baby Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Evening free to relax and overnight in Agra. B D Day 8: Agra – Cochin Early morning visit Taj Mahal, the epitome of love, built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. After breakfast travel to Delhi to board flight to Cochin. Stay two nights. B D Day 9: Cochin Visit St. Francis Church, the first church to be built in India by Vascode-Gama; the Jewish Synagogue,

Day 10-12: Cochin – B D Kumarakom Travel a short distance to Kumarakom, a small village famous for backwaters, lakes and beach resorts offering good section of water activities. No activities are planned so relax and enjoy three nights in Kumarakom. B Day 13: Cochin Departure After leisurely breakfast tour finishes by midday with direct transfer to the Cochin airport where you board your onwards flight.

Delhi 2 1 2 Agra

Jaipur 2

Ranthambhore NP

Cochin

2

3 Kumarakom

(NZ$ PER FAMILY From) DELUXE Family of 03

DELUXE Family of 04

DELUXE Family of 05

16 Sep 19–15 Apr 20

$ 8,869

$ 11,654

$ 13,739

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 7,998

$ 10,598

$ 12,358

DEPARTURE DURING

Chinese fishing nets and take a ferry ride. Evening enjoy a Kathakali Dance performance in local theatre.

(1 triple room)

(2 rooms)

(2 rooms)

Tour notes: Between 01 Jul to 30 Sept, Ranthambore will be replaced with Bharatpur Economy airfare included: NZ$88pp Children 5-16 years of age are allowed During festivals & New Year, surcharge may apply

What’s included: Deluxe accommodation

Private air-conditioned car with driver Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified Monument entrance fees Wildlife safari at Ranthambore Tuk Tuk ride & Bollywood movie Airfare in economy class Delhi-Cohin Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Family Fun in Sri Lanka 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

EASY – ADVENTUROUS DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

7,872 Per Family

This family holiday tour encompasses many highlights of Sri Lanka but at a more leisurely pace! For the adults, there’s an array of beautiful ancient cities set in fantastic scenery, and for the kids there’s plenty of fun adventure activities. Not to mention the incredible wildlife (elephants galore!) and stunning golden beaches. Day 1: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Negombo. B D Day 2: Negombo After leisurely breakfast enjoy city tour and famous Fish Market, harbour, Dutch church, Mary’s Church and Hindu Temple.

Day 3: Negombo – Dambulla B D Travel to heart of the Cultural Triangle and visit the fabulous Golden Temple at Dambulla a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the kids can marvel over the huge lion’s mouth and you enjoy the history of the place. Afternoon free to relax by the pool and stay three nights in Dambulla. B D Day 4: Sigiriya & Wildlife Visit Sigiriya and Climb the iconic Lion Rock, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is much to see here which will excite parents and children alike. Afternoon enjoy a wildlife safari to spot a great number of wild elephants and other animals, reptiles and birds at Minneriya National Park. B D Day 5: Village Tour Enjoy catamaran and bullock cart ride during Village Tour, meet the farmers

Departure & Pricing DEPARTURE DURING

16 Sep 19–15 Sep 20

and their family; learn about their daily life, and the organic and shift farming methods in Sri Lanka. Check with the resorts if they have bicycle available and enjoy the ride through the small back road of the village. B D Day 6: Dambulla – Kandy Today travel to Kandy, en-route visit Spice Garden and take a walk to see how spices are grown and learn about Ayurvedic medicine. Evening visit temple of the tooth relic and enjoy cultural dance show in theatre. Stay overnight in Kandy.

Day 7: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya B D Enjoy scenic drive to Nuwara Eliya also known as little England of Sri Lanka. Afternoon visit Tea Factory to see how tea is produced. Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 10-12: Bentota/Ahungalla B D Travel to beach destination, en-route enjoy walking tour of Dutch Fort at Galle. Arrive late afternoon and stay three nights at the beach resorts. If interested you can visit nearby Turtle Hatchery, enjoy boat ride, fish Spa and cinnamon village (not Included). B Day 13: Colombo Departure Enjoy breakfast and travel back to Colombo. If time permits, explore Gall Face Green and enjoy dinner at the local restaurant. Tour finishes in evening with transfer to Colombo international airport.

B D Day 8: Nuwara Eliya – Yala After leisurely breakfast travel to Yala famous for elusive leopard. Evening free to relax by the pool and stay two nights. B D Day 9: Yala An early start to enjoy safari at Yala National Park known to have dense population of leopard as well as many wild animals, reptiles and birds. Rest of the day at leisure.

Sigiriya 3 Dambulla

1 Kandy 2 Negombo 1 Nuwara Eliya

Colombo

2 Yala 3 Bentota

Galle

(NZ$ PER FAMILY From) DELUXE Family of 03

DELUXE Family of 04

DELUXE Family of 05 (2 rooms)

Tour notes:

$ 7,872

$ 10,598

$ 12,414

Children 5-16 years of age are allowed During festivals & New Year, surcharge may apply

(1 triple room)

What’s included: Deluxe accommodation

(1 family room)

Private air-conditioned car with driver Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified Monument entrance fees Catamaran ride Bullock cart ride Jeep safari at Minneriya & Yala Visit to spice plantation Tea tour in Nuwara Eliya Cultural dance show in Kandy Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Honeymoon Tours Start your journey of romance and create loving memories for life. Private Escorted Tours

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Private Escorted Tours

Honeymoon in India 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY

FROM NZ $

3,279 PP

This tour of devotion is specially designed to transport you to a time of romance and with the grandeur of a dignified era, ensuring you enjoy not only a must-see and do of the region but also enough time to explore and enjoy your time along the way. Every destination has delights to inspire, Live like royalty staying at the Alsisar Mahal Palace and the splendid Umaid Lake Palace as well as a visit to one of the world’s most enduring symbols of love the Taj Mahal, spotting Tigers in wild and enjoying the City of Love, the Paris of India, Jaipur. Day 01: Arrive Delhi Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to hotel. Stay two nights. B D Day 02: Delhi Mesmerise yourself in a splendid sightseeing tour of New and Old Delhi. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid, the Gandhi Memorial and the India Gate. Explore Chandni Chowk Bazaar by rickshaw and witness the legacy of the past in the many monuments left behind by the regents.

Day 03: Delhi – Alsisar Palace B D Travel to Alsisar, an 18th-century Caravan Trade route now known as an open art gallery. Here you will see a magnificent and breathtaking 17thcentury battle-hardened Alsisar Mahal. This will be a highlight of your tour. Stay two nights in this Palace hotel. B D Day 04: Alsisar Palace Enjoy a heritage walk to discover the history of Alsisar with its magnificent Havelis and cenotaphs. Remaining day free to enjoy the grandeur of the Palace. B D Day 05: Alsisar – Jaipur Travel to Jaipur, later visit a renowned jewellery shop to witness how precious stones are cut, as well as a textile factory producing unique block

Departure & Pricing

printing famous to this region. Evening free to relax and stay two nights. B D Day 06: Jaipur Full-day sightseeing tour with a visit to Amber Fort, the Maharaja’s City Palace, the Observatory and a photo stop at the Hawa Mahal.

Day 07: Jaipur – Ranthambhore B D Travel to Ranthambhore National Park; one of the biggest and most renowned National Parks in Northern India. Evening free to relax or explore the village. Stay for two nights. Day 08: Ranthambhore B L D National Park Enjoy a morning and afternoon safari around the game reserve. Spot various species of animals, birds and reptiles and if lucky, see a Royal Bengal Tiger. Day 09: Ranthambhore – B D Kalakho Travel to Kalakho, small village brimming with culture and history. Afternoon get a heena tattoo from the village ladies as the day is free to explore. Stay two nights at Ummaid Lake Palace. Day 10: Ummaid Lake Palace – B L D Kalakho Morning enjoy a farm-fresh breakfast and visit authentic Rajasthani village

B D Day 11: Kalakho – Agra This morning we travel to Agra, home to India’s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Afternoon free to relax or go for a walk on the local bazaar. Stay two nights. B D Day 12: Agra Early this morning we visit the Taj Mahal and after breakfast visit a marble inlay workshop followed by Agra Fort and Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb also known as Baby Taj. B Day 13: Agra – Delhi Departure After breakfast travel back to Delhi and tour finishes with direct transfer by late afternoon.

Delhi Alsisar 2 Jaipur 2

2

2 2

2 Agra Kalakho Ranthambhore NP

(NZ$ PER PERSON From) DELUXE Double

LUXURY Double

16 Sep 19–15 Apr 20

$ 3,489

$ 3,749

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 3,279

$ 3,539

DEPARTURE DURING

by Juggad ride, the way locals do and to get an insight in real rural India. Afternoon free to relax or enjoy participating in various activities organised by the palace.

What’s included: 12 nights accommodation

Tour notes: Between 1 July-30 Sept Ranthambhore will be replaced with Bharatpur During festivals, blackout dates and New Year, surcharge may apply

Travel, transfers and sightseeing by air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Monument entrance fees Local English-speaking tour guide Heena art on two hands Rural experience with juggad ride 02 Shared wildlife safaris Jeep ride Romantic candlelit dinner under the stars Opportunity to dress in traditional outfits for a photo opportunity Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Honeymoon in Sri Lanka 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY

Day 1: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager at the arrival lounge who will assist you and transfer to Negombo. Stay overnight. Day 2: Negombo – Dambulla B D After breakfast leaves the accommodation and explore this fisherman village before travelling to Dambulla. Visit traditional Fish Market, harbour, St. Mary’s Church and Angurukaramulla Temple. Evening free to relax and enjoy the hospitality of the hotel. Stay two nights. Day 3: Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa B D Excursion Morning visit impressive 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress. This world heritage site consists remains of a palace on the top of the rock. Later visit 11th and 12th centuries UNESCO World Heritage city of Polonnaruwa. Remaining day free for your own activities. B D Day 4: Dambulla – Kandy After breakfast leave for Kandy. Enroute stop at Matale and enjoy walk through the spice garden to witness various plants and herbs. Evening free for own activities. Stay two nights. B D Day 5: Kandy Today we explore the Kandy, last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a

FROM NZ $

UNESCO world heritage site. Start city tour and visit Temple of the Tooth relic and Gem Museum. Afternoon free to explore and in the evening witness a traditional Kandan dance with live music at the theatre. B D Day 6: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya After breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. This hill station, known as ‘Little England’ since its adoption by colonial British tea planters. Visit a Tea plantation in the area and Factory to observe the process of turning a raw green leaf into the finished product. B D Day 7: Nuwara Eliya – Ella Travel to Ella, well known small town famous for its scenic beauty and romantic settings for honeymooners. Remaining day free to relax and stay two nights. B D Day 8: Ella Today starts early and climb famous Little Adam’s Peak. If reached on time and lucky witness spectacular Sunrise from the peak of the mountain. On your way back walk through the Ella town and Nine-arch bridge area. Evening free to relax or explore local bar and pubs. B D Day 9: Ella – Yala Today travel to Yala, one of the most famous national park in the country. Afternoon enjoy wildlife safari at the

park to spot various wild animals, reptiles, birds and if lucky the elusive Leopards. Stay overnight. B D Day 10 & 11: Yala – Galle Leave for Galle, the most ancient town and important harbour of Sri Lanka. Afternoon explore the town and local bazaar. Stay two nights. B D Day 12: Galle – Colombo After breakfast, leave for Colombo and afternoon enjoy a city tour by a Tuk-Tuk as locals do. While on tour experience the life, history, beauty and heritage of the city. Stay overnight. B Day 13: Colombo Departure After a leisurely breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to the Colombo Airport.

Sigiriya 2 Dambulla

2 Kandy

Negombo

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Double

LUXURY Double

16 Sep 19–15 Apr 20

$ 3,394

$ 3,828

1

2 Colombo

Nuwara Eliya 2 Ella 1 Yala

2

Departure & Pricing

3,394 PP

Galle

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year, surcharge may apply

What’s included: Deluxe hotel accommodation Travel, transfers and sightseeing by air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Local English-speaking tour guide Cultural show Wildlife safari at Yala National Park Tea tour Romantic candlelit dinner under the stars Opportunity to dress in traditional outfits for a photo opportunity Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 69


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Private Escorted Tours

Wildlife of India 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY

FROM NZ $

5,175 PP

This tour is specially designed to not only offer a great chance to see the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitats but also spot a vast range of unique wildlife including birds and reptiles along with lush greenery and an abundance of flora and fauna. It is home to more than a dozen cat species alone and India remains the only country in the world where both the tiger and lion can be found in the wild. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Delhi for overnight stay.

bear, barasingha and Indian wild dog. The Jungle Book is said to be based on the jungles of this reserve. Remaining day free to explore surrounding village and stay two nights in Kanha.

national park in Maharashtra state. Named after God “Tadoba” or “Taru”, praised by the tribal people who live in the dense forests and Andhari river that meanders through the forest.

B D Day 2: Bandhavgarh NP After breakfast transfer to board flight to Jabalpur. Assistance on arrival transfer to Bandhavgarh National Park for two nights stay.

B L D Day 5: Wildlife Safari Enjoy morning and afternoon Jeep safari at reserve to spot tiger amongst many other wild animals, reptiles and birds.

B L D Day 9: Wildlife Safari Enjoy morning and afternoon Jeep safari at reserve to spot tiger amongst many other wild animals, reptiles and birds.

B L D Day 3: Wildlife Safari Enjoy morning and afternoon Jeep safari at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. This National Park is spread at vindhya hills in Madhya Pradesh and consists core area of 105 sq km and a buffer area of approximately 400 sq km. Topography varies between steep ridges, undulating forest and open meadows. Between the safari you can take a walk around the villages.

B L D Day 6: Pench NP After breakfast travel to Pench National Park, covers 758 sq km and drives its name from the Pench River that flows through the park from north to south. Afternoon free to explore nearby villages and stay two nights in Pench.

B Day 10: Nagpur Departure After leisurely breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Nagpur Airport where you board your onwards flight.

B L D Day 4: Kanha NP Travel to Kanha National Park, the largest National Park in Central India stretches over an area of 940 sq km and known for significant population of Bengal tiger, Indian leopards, the sloth

Departure & Pricing

B L D Day 7: Wildlife Safari Enjoy morning and afternoon Jeep safari at reserve to spot tiger amongst many other wild animals, reptiles and birds. B L D Day 8: Tadoba NP Travel to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, notable as oldest and largest

1 Delhi

Jabalpur Pench NP 2 Nagpur

2 Bandhavgarh NP 2 Kanha NP 2 Tadoba NP

Tour notes: (NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

1 Oct 19–30 Jun 20

$ 5,175

/ $ 8,757

Economy airfare included: NZ$66pp Luxury & Premium accommodation options are available on request. During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply. National Parks are closed between 1 July-30 Sept.

What’s included: Deluxe accommodation

Private air-conditioned car with driver Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified Monument entrance fees Wildlife safaris (02 at Bandhavgarh, 02 at Kanha, 02 at Pench, 02 at Tadoba) Airfare in economy class DelhiJaipur Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Top r Selle

The “Big 5” & Tigers 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY

FROM NZ $

6,694 PP

When it comes to wildlife, people commonly think of Africa and often forget that India has some of the most biodiverse regions of the world. This tour is focused on the “Big 5”: the Asiatic lion, Asiatic elephant, the endangered one-horned rhino, wild buffalo and leopard, and includes the most popular amongst wildlife lovers, the Royal Bengal Tiger. Day 1: Arrive Mumbai On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Mumbai for an overnight stay. B D Day 2: Pench National Park Transfer to board flight to Nagpur, then transfer to Pench National Park. Though there are many species of wild animal, reptile and birds, the main predatory attractions in Pench are Royal Bengal tiger, leopard, wild dog and wolf. If you’re lucky you may also spot sloth bears, Chousingha, Chinkara, barking deer, jackal, fox, palm civet, small Indian civet, jungle cat, hyena and porcupine to name few. Stay two nights at Pench. B L D Day 3: Tiger & Leopard Morning and afternoon safaris will provide you more chances to spot the shy animals in their natural habitat. Remaining day free to explore surrounding villages. B D Day 4: Pench – Gir After breakfast transfer to Nagpur airport to board flight to Rajkot, then drive to Gir National Park located in small town of Sasangir, the only home of Asiatic Lions. The remainder of evening free to relax. Stay three nights at the resort.

Departure & Pricing

B L D Day 5: Asiatic Lion Enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safaris at Gir National park to see beautiful Asiatic lions and other wildlife species. In the evening explore this small village town known for its unique culture and welcoming people. B L D Day 6: Asiatic Lion Another day of morning and afternoon Jeep safaris at Gir National Park, providing further opportunities to see Asiatic lions close up. Evening free to explore the village. B D Day 7: Sasangir – Kolkata Transfer to Rajkot airport to board a flight to Kolkata. On arrival transfer to hotel for an overnight stay in Kolkata. B D Day 8: Kolkata – Kaziranga Transfer to board flight to Guwahati, on arrival transfer to Kaziranga National Park, famous for endangered onehorned rhino. Other species of animals here are hog deer, swamp deer, wild buffalo, elephants and the Royal Bengal Tiger. Evening free to relax or explore surrounding areas and stay three nights at Kaziranga.

wildlife, reptiles and birds. Evening free to relax or go walking. Day 10: Rhino & Gibbons B L D Geographical location of Kaziranga National Park makes it an ideal home for various wildlife species. Early morning travel to a nearby region where we will have a chance to see Gibbons. Afternoon enjoy a game drive into the national park and have another chance to spot the one horned Rhino. B Day 11: Guwahati Departure After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Guwahati airport by late afternoon where you board a flight to Kolkata, Mumbai or Delhi to connect with your onward flight.

Guwhati

3

Kaziranga Rajkot 3

2 Pench NP

Nagpur

1 Kolkata

Gir 1 NP Mumbai

B L D Day 9: Rhino & Buffalo Early morning and afternoon safari into the national park mainly to spot one-horned rhino and many other

Tour notes:

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

1 Oct 19–30 Jun 20

$ 6,694

What’s included: Deluxe accommodation

/ $ 11,834

Economy airfare included: NZ$410pp Luxury & Premium accommodation options are available on request. During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply. National Parks are closed between 1 July-30 Sept.

Private air-conditioned car with driver Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified Monument entrance fees Jeep safaris with naturalist (04 at Gir, 02 at Pench, 04 at Kaziranga) Airfare in economy class Mumbai-NagpurRajkot-Kolkata-Guwahati Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Private Escorted Tours

Wildlife Wonders of Lanka 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

EASY – ADVENTUROUS DEPARTS DAILY

FROM NZ $

3,257 PP

With 12 per cent of the country designated for wildlife protection, it is easy to sample Sri Lankan wildlife. Safari parks and sanctuaries, particularly in the southern and central zones, offer the easiest way to see animals in their natural habitat. Stay alert for a sighting of the endangered leopard, or walk quietly near the turtles until they stop to lay their eggs. Day 1: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Negombo for overnight stay. B D Day 2: Colombo - Sinharaja After breakfast proceed to Sinharaja Rain forest. Trekking through this magnificent jungle, the last surviving stretch of virgin rainforest on the island, is a truly enriching experience. From top to bottom the forest is teeming with life, colour and sound to stir the senses. Sinharaja is a UNESCO International Man and Biosphere Reserve.

Day 3: Udawalawe & Bundala B D After breakfast we proceed to Udawalawa National Park with a packed breakfast. An estimated 500 elephants in herds of up to 1,000 live here and the dry season is the best time to watch them. Enjoy a safari to see whole herds of elephants bathing, playing and feeding in the water. B D Day 4: Bundala & Yala Wake up early for a safari at Bundala National Park. Bundala wetlands combine 20km of beach, lagoons and scrub hosting more than 150 bird species. These wetlands are home to winter migratory birds and flocks of flamingos. A vast concentration of Estuarine crocodiles live in the lagoon

areas and in the estuary of the Kirindi Oya river. Later return to hotel for breakfast and travel to Yala. B D Day 5: Yala First thing in the morning will be your best chance to see a leopard as you enjoy a safari at Yala National Park. The male leopards in Yala are very confident animals and seem to have no fear of the jeep, leading to some excellent photographic opportunities. The park is also home to spotted deer, sambar, boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose.

Day 6: Yala - Nuwara Eliya Travel to Nuwara Eliya, en-route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best Ceylon Tea in the world is produced. Afternoon free to explore this small, beautiful town and stay overnight at hotel. B

D

Day 7: Horton Plains & Kandy B D Enjoy an excursion at Horton Plains. The starting point is marked by a gate and a little pond and further up you’ll find a resting station before you start the trek, 10 km of it. Once you reach the “world’s end” you’ll experience the cloud forest. Wait for the clouds to part to reveal the great vista of the valley spreading for miles below. Further on, you’ll have to make an arduous climb down to see Baker Falls. Later travel to Kandy and if time permits we visit the

sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Stay overnight at hotel. Day 8: Wasgamuwa & Knuckle B D Proceed to Wasgamuwa via Knuckles Valley, a major eco tourism area containing five major forest formations, a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna and some breathtaking mountain scenery. It is a real paradise for those who love to hike or mountain bike offering mountainous trails across clear rivers, through dense forests, and past flowing waterfalls. Day 9: Wasgamuwa - Negombo B D Wasgamuwa National Park is truly a paradise for the nature lover. Enjoy a safari, spotting large flocks of birds, and dear and buffalo. Travel to Negombo and explore this fishing town. Stay overnight at Negombo. B Day 10: Colombo Departure After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to airport where you board your flight for your onward journey.

1 Wasgamuwa

1

Colombo

1

DELUXE Twin/Single

1 Nov 19–30 Aug 20

$ 3,257

/ $ 5,179

2 Yala

1

Bundala

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

1 Nuwara Eliya

Horton Plains Udawalawe

Sinharaja

Departure & Pricing

1 Kandy

1 Negombo

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included: Deluxe accommodation

Private air-conditioned car with driver Sightseeing as specified Meals as specified Monument entrance fees Wildlife safaris (01 at Minneriya, 01 at Yala, 01 at Sinharaja, 01 at Bundala) Visits to Horton Plains, Wasgamuwa & Knuckle Valley Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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What makes golfing in India and Sri Lanka exciting is the diversity of its courses. India not only has the oldest golf club in the world outside Great Britain (Royal Calcutta established in 1829), but also the highest, at Gulmarg (altitude 2,700 metres) in Kashmir. There are golf courses in the mountains, plains, and deserts and at beach resorts. The environment of each course is unique in its culture and history, highlighting all that makes India an attractive destination. India offers over 250 world class golf courses and though there are many new golf courses built in Sri Lanka, three historical courses remain favourites.

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Private Escorted Tours

Golf Tour of India 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY

FROM NZ $

3,389 PP

This tour not only gives you the privilege of playing golf in some of the oldest and historic golf courses in India but also covers the must-see-and-do sights. You will visit the monument of love, the Taj Mahal, sample mouth-watering cuisine and go shopping. In India, you can play golf almost anywhere, in the hills and the high Himalayas, in metropolitan cities and in small towns, by lakes and forests, or surrounded by tea estates, out in the desert and in old British cantonments… the flavour of India is visible everywhere that golf is played. Day 1: Arrive Delhi On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you to transfer to the hotel in Delhi. Stay three nights. B D Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and witness the display of rich cultural heritage that has flourished over three thousand years. Visit Qutb Minar, Jama Masjid and travel past the India Gate, Red Fort, Parliament and President House. B D Day 3: Golf Day & Spa After breakfast transfer to Jaypee Greens golf course, India’s first 18hole golf course, designed by the legendary Greg Norman. Sprawling over 452 acres of land, this 72-par course is India’s longest golf course, standing at 7347 yards, housing 14 shimmering lakes and water bodies together with 88 snow-white bunkers. Evening free to enjoy spa treatment (not included) or explore a local bazaar.

Day 4: Delhi - Agra Sightseeing B D Leave after breakfast to Agra, afternoon visit Agra Fort, the great monument of

Departure & Pricing

red sandstone that was constructed in the 16th century, and Itimad-UdDaulah, also known as the mini Taj Mahal. Conclude the day with a sunset visit to the famous Taj Mahal. Stay two nights in Agra. B D Day 5: Golf Day After breakfast transfer to Agra Club Golf Course, built-in 1904 and upgraded to an 18-hole course. This course will surely test your golfing skills as the putting greens are not as smooth, but it will give you the chance to say that you played golf in the City of the Taj Mahal. The evening is free to relax at the poolside, with dinner at the hotel. B D Day 6: Agra – Jaipur Travel to Jaipur, the city that epitomises the spirit of Rajasthan character and history. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, an outstanding example of Mughal architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Evening free to relax at the hotel. Stay for the next three nights at Jaipur. B D Day 7: Jaipur Sightseeing Start your city sightseeing tour with an excursion to Amber Fort. Later visit

City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal. Afternoon visit the local bazaar and conclude your day with dinner at the hotel. B D Day 8: Golf Day & High Tea Morning transfer for a round of golf at Rambagh Golf Club built in 1944 for former Queen Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, an18- hole challenging championship course with Par 70 Yardage-6303 (SSS 70). Playing on this course with its view of Nahargarh and Moti Doongri Fort is memorable. Afternoon enjoy High Tea and remaining day is free to relax or explore this colourful city. B Day 9: Jaipur – Delhi Departure After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to the Delhi airport by evening where you board your flight for your onward journey.

Delhi 3

Jaipur 3

2 Agra

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19–15 Apr 20

$ 3,659

/ $ 5,599

$ 5,839

/ $ 9,439

Tour notes:

16 Apr–15 Sep 20

$ 3,389

/ $ 5,166

$ 4,579

/ $ 6,986

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included: Deluxe accommodation

Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Monument entrance fees Jeep ride in Jaipur Afternoon high tea in Jaipur Rickshaw ride in Delhi Green fee with caddy/cart to golf course in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Private Escorted Tours NEW!

Golfing in Lanka

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY

FROM NZ $

2,589 PP

Sri Lanka is home to three of the finest 18 hole championship Golf courses in Asia. These golf courses are The Royal Colombo Golf Club, The Victoria Golf in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya Golf Club respectively. The scenery in and around the courses are of great beauty and variety. The golf courses running through the untouched jungle and bush, the flying golf ball always seen in the background rich green canopy. Since Sri Lanka hasn’t been known in the perspective of a major golf playing destination, the fairways in these Golf courses most often remain calm. Day 1: Arrival Colombo On arrival meet and greet and transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Colombo. Day 2: Royal Colombo Golf Club B D After breakfast transfer to the Royal Colombo Golf Course for you to have the first Golf experience. Builtin 1879 this course is a green oasis accompanied by a clubhouse of colonial charm. Evening free to explore Colombo city or just relax at the hotel. B D Day 3: Colombo – Kandy Travel to Kandy and afternoon free to relax at the hotel or explore the town. Stay two nights in Kandy.

Departure & Pricing

Day 4: The Victoria Golf Club B D After breakfast transfer to the Victoria Golf Course for you to enjoy a round of golf. Located alongside the Victoria Lake and is dwarfed by the Kandyan mountain range is a Donald Steel creation and is an 18 hole, 6946 yards, Par 73 layout. Evening free to explore Kandy city or just relax at the hotel. B D Day 5: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya Journey to Nuwara Eliya and afternoon free to relax at the hotel or explore the town. Stay two nights in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 6: Nuwara Eliya Golf Club B D After breakfast transfer to the Nuwara Eliya Golf Course for you to enjoy a round of golf. This 18-hole course, 6399 yards long, par 71 was founded in

1889, by British planters who opened up the land for tea in the county, is one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia and probably the world. Evening free to explore town known to produce the best Ceylon tea. B Day 7: Colombo Departure Today you will be transferred back to Colombo and tour finishes by evening with direct transfer to the international airport.

2 Kandy

2

2 Nuwara Eliya

Colombo

(PER PERSON From NZ$)

DEPARTURE DURING

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19–15 Sep 20

$ 2,589

$ 3,275

/ $ 3,326

/ $ 4,498

What’s included: 06 nights deluxe accommodation with breakfast

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

Travel and transfer by private air-conditioned car with driver Green fee with caddy/cart to golf course in Colombo, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Luxury Train Journeys Small Group Journeys

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Palace on Wheels

Maharaja Express

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Indian Panorama

DEPARTS WEDNESDAY FROM NZ $

5,199 PP

Though times have changed and the winds have shifted, the Palace On Wheels cruises along in Royal Style, the kind only the Maharajas of yesteryears could have perpetuated and enjoyed. Welcome aboard the Palace On Wheels on its splendid and enchanting royal journey through the bygone era of the erstwhile Maharajas.

Places covered: Day 1 (Wed). . . . . New Delhi Day 2 (Thu). . . . . . Jaipur Day 3 (Fri) . . . . . . . Sawai Madhopur, Chittaurgarh Day 4 (Sat) . . . . . . Udaipur

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

The Heritage of India

DEPARTS SUNDAY

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

FROM NZ $

DEPARTS SUNDAY

8,925 PP

Relish royalty, spirituality and wilderness. Embark on an unforgettable escapade that starts off with the capital city of Delhi. Make your way through the sacred city of Varanasi and cruise on the River Ganges to observe ancient spiritual rites. Witness the immortal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the sensuous moods of the temples of Khajuraho, the elegance and imperial splendour in Lucknow and the wilderness of the Ranthambhore National Park.

Places covered:

Day 7 (Tue). . . . . . Bharatpur, Agra Day 8 (Wed). . . . . Delhi by 0700hrs

What’s included:

07 nights twin accommodation All meals Conducted sightseeing Entrance fees and monument charges Camel ride at Jaisalmer Boat ride at Udaipur Rickshaw ride at Bharatpur

Discover the bustling commercial city of Mumbai and the national Capital Delhi. Admire the beautiful cave paintings at Ajanta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the shimmering Lake City of Udaipur and the majestic fort at Jodhpur and enjoy sundowns on the sand dunes at Bikaner. Soak in the colourful Pink City of Jaipur. See from close quarters the legendry tigers at Ranthambhore and the Taj Mahal in all its luxury at Agra. Day 1 (Sun). . . . Mumbai

Day 2 (Mon). . . . . Jaipur

Day 6 (Mon). . . . . Jodhpur

10,199 PP

Places covered:

Day 1 (Sun). . . . . . Delhi

Day 5 (Sun). . . . . Jaisalmer

FROM NZ $

Day 3 (Tue). . . . . . Ranthambhore, & Fatehpur Sikri Day 4 (Wed). . . . . Agra & Gwalior Day 5 (Thu). . . . . . Orchha & Khajuraho Day 6 (Fri) . . . . . . . Varanasi Day 7 (Sat) . . . . . . Lucknow Day 8 (Sun). . . . . . Delhi by 0830hrs

What’s included:

07 nights twin accommodation All meals Conducted sightseeing Entrance fees and monument charges Wildlife safari at Ranthambhore High tea and boat ride at Varanasi

Day 2 (Mon). . . Ajanta Day 3 (Tue). . . . Udaipur Day 4 (Wed). . . Jodhpur Day 5 (Thu). . . . Bikaner Day 6 (Fri) . . . . . Jaipur Day 7 (Sat) . . . . Ranthambhore & Fatehpur Sikri Day 8 (Sun). . . . . Agra & Delhi by 1530hrs

What’s included:

07 nights twin accommodation All meals Conducted sightseeing Entrance fees and monument charges Wildlife safari at Ranthambhore Boat ride at Udaipur

Delhi Jaisalmer

Bharatpur Jaipur Jodhpur

Agra Sawai Madhopur

Chittaurgarh Udaipur

Delhi

Jaipur

Delhi Fatehpur Sikri Jaipur

Bikaner

Agra & Fatehpur Sikri Ranthambore NP

Jodhpur

Ranthambore NP Gwalior

Agra

Lucknow Varanasi

Udaipur

Orchha Khajuraho

Ajanta Caves Mumbai

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*During festivals, blackout dates and at New Year, surcharges may apply


The Golden Chariot

Deccan Odyssey

Pride of the South

Hidden Treasures of Gujarat

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

DEPARTS SATURDAY

DEPARTS MONDAY

DEPARTS SATURDAY

FROM NZ $

FROM NZ $

FROM NZ $

This journey on India’s premier luxury train takes you to architectural wonders from the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur to the Chalukyan in Aihole and Pattadakal and on to the powerful Vijayanagara kingdom in Hampi. See the contrasting styles of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golconda and the Asaf Jahi, and visit some of the most prominent destinations of westcentral India, including the unrivaled Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Visit quaint towns famed for hand-operated looms that weave vast quantities of beautiful fabric, and sample some of the best Dakkhani cuisine to be had. A railroad journey like no other, we welcome you on board the Deccan Odyssey.

6,164 PP

6,529 PP

Day 2 (Tue). . . . . . Mysore, Kabini, Bandipur

Welcome to Hidden Treasures of Gujarat, a spellbinding railroad journey on board the iconic Deccan Odyssey, one of India’s most luxurious and opulent trains. On this exciting journey through Gujarat, explore the medieval capital of Vadodara and the pilgrim town of Palitana. Discover the pugmarks of history at the only sanctuary of Asiatic Lions in the Subcontinent; marvel at the unique featureless landscape of the Little Rann; wander through the architectural wonders of Modhera and visit the holy city of Nashik, before culminating your journey in Mumbai.

Day 3 (Wed). . . . . Mysore

Places covered:

Day 4 (Thu). . . . . . Hassan, Belur, Halebid

Day 1 (Sat) . . . . . . Mumbai

Day 5 (Fri) . . . . . . . Hospet, Hampi

Day 2 (Sun). . . . . . Vadodara

Day 6 (Sat) . . . . . . Badami

Day 3 (Mon). . . . . Palitana

Day 7 (Sun). . . . . . Goa

Day 4 (Tue). . . . . . Sasan Gir & Somnath

Day 8 (Mon). . . . . Bangalore by 0900hrs

Day 5 (Wed). . . . . Little Ran of Kutch

What’s included:

Day 6 (Thu). . . . . . Modhera & Patna

Welcome aboard a fascinating journey through the many worlds of Karnataka. Embark on a luxurious voyage of discovery through the Cradle of Stone architecture. The Golden Chariot train, named after the famous Stone Chariot in Hampi, a world heritage site in Southern India, will travel through timeless historical heritage sites, resplendent palaces and golden beaches.

Places covered: Day 1 (Mon). . . . . Bangalore

07 nights twin accommodation All meals Conducted sightseeing Entrance fees and monument charges

Day 7 (Fri) . . . . . . . Nashik Day 8 (Sat) . . . . . . Mumbai by 0730hrs

What’s included:

07 nights twin accommodation All meals Conducted sightseeing Entrance fees and monument charges Wildlife safari at Sasan Gir Badami

Goa

Hospet Hassan

Little Ran of Kutch Bangalore

Mysore

6,529 PP

Places covered: Day 1 (Sat) . . . . . . Mumbai Day 2 (Sun). . . . . . Bijapur Day 3 (Mon). . . . . Aihole & Pattadakal Day 4 (Tue). . . . . . Hampi Day 5 (Wed). . . . . Hyderabad Day 6 (Thu). . . . . . Ellora Caves Day 7 (Fri) . . . . . . . Ajanta Caves Day 8 (Sat). . . . . . . . Mumbai

What’s included:

07 nights twin accommodation All meals Conducted sightseeing Entrance fees and monument charges

Modhera & Patna Vadodara

Sasan Palitana Gir & Somnath

Jewels of the Deccan

Ellora Mumbai

Nashik

Bijapur Aihole/Pattadakal

Ajanta Hyderabad Hampi

Mumbai

*During festivals, blackout dates and at New Year, surcharges may apply

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Unique Experiences & Short Tours Private Escorted Tours

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Private Escorted Tours

Tea, Tribe, Rhino & Island of Assam 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

2,629 PP

In this North East region, Assam is a land of unspoiled natural beauty, teeming wildlife, immaculate tea gardens, and beautiful people of various ethnic, religious, linguistic backgrounds making it a mosaic of culture. Assam is an unexplored paradise, said to be a miniature version of India. Day 1: Arrive Guwahati On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist with transfer and check in. Afternoon explore the town and visit the historical temple. Stay overnight in Guwahati. B D Day 2: Rhinos & Wildlife Travel to Kaziranga National Park, a World Nature Heritage site famous for its one-horned Rhinos and unique wildlife. Afternoon explore the surrounding area on your own and stay two nights in Kaziranga. B D Day 3: Wildlife Safari Enjoy morning and afternoon jeep safari into the national park to spot one-horned Rhinos and many other wildlife, reptiles and birds. Evening free for your own activity.

Departure & Pricing

Day 4: Majuli Island & Tribes B D After breakfast travel to Nimati Ghat to take a local ferry to cross Brahmaputra River to the Majuli Island, the largest fresh water mid-river deltoid island in the world. It has a small population, the majority being tribal and is endowed with rich heritage and rare species of flora and fauna. Afternoon explore the island and visit Satras, Missing tribal village, Mask making village and Pottery village. Stay overnight at Majuli. B D Day 5: Majuli – Sivasagar Take the local ferry to Nimatighat and travel to Sivsagar. Afternoon visit the Gargaon Raj Palace, the royal observatory, Talatal Ghar and Sivasagar Tank. Stay overnight at Sivasagar. B D Day 6: Assam Tea Gardens Today travel to Dibrugarh, one of India’s tea cities, and the gateway to the

three districts which produce almost 50% of Assam tea. Afternoon explore the world famous Assam Tea gardens and stay overnight at Dibrugarh. B Day 7: Dibrugarh Departure After a leisurely breakfast your tour finishes with direct transfer to the Dibrugarh airport where you board flight to Kolkata the closest international airport.

Dibrugarh

Majuli Island 1 1 Sivasagar 1 Guwahati 1 2 Kaziranga NP

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 2,629

/ $ 4,255

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Local English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges 02 Wildlife safaris in Kaziranga Return ferry tickets to Majuli Island Visit to a tea garden Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 81


Private Escorted Tours

Palace Trail of Central India 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

3,589 PP

Steeped in heritage, history and culture, this popular tour allows you to step back in time, and adventure through the historical heart of India. Here your journey will zig-zag across vast regions which bear witness to the major influences that contribute to India’s diverse culture, in the greatest cultural triangle with the largest concentration of tribal people. Enjoy exploring it all, staying in some of the finest heritage and palace hotels of the region. Day 1: Arrive Bhopal On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Bhopal for three nights stay. B D Day 2: Sanchi Excursion Proceed on a half day excursion to UNESCO heritage site Sanchi, known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dated from the 3rd century BC. It is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence. Afternoon return to the city and visit Moti Masjid, the second largest mosque in India, Lakshmi Narayan Temple and Tribal museum.

Day 3: Bhimbhetka & Bhojpur B D Enjoy full day excursion tour to UNESCO world heritage site of Rock Shelters of Bhimbhetka, the site of south Asia’s richest collection of prehistoric cave paintings and the uncompleted 11th Century Bhojeshwar temple. B D Day 4: Bhopal – Fort Amla Today travel east of Bhopal to Fort Amla, en-route visit the temple of Ujjain, situated on the banks of the river Shipra and regarded since time immemorial as sacred. Arrive Fort Amla by afternoon and stay at the heritage hotel. With bold sweeping arches and

Departure & Pricing

long open terraces, the hotel is an architectural delight to behold. Stay overnight at Fort Amla. B D Day 5: Fort Amla – Dhar After breakfast explore on your own the surrounding village to observe the innocent village people with their simple lifestyle. Afternoon travel to Dhar and stay three nights at Jhirabagh Palace heritage hotel built in 1865 by the Puar Kings. B D Day 6: Dhar Dhar is situated among lakes and trees surrounded by barren hills and possesses, besides its old ramparts, many interesting buildings, some containing records of cultural, historical and national importance. After breakfast visit 12th century fort built by Mohammad Bin Tughluk. Later visit the tomb of warrior Saint Shaykh Changal and Lal Masjid, Bhojshala and Kamal Maula Mosque. B D Day 7: Mandu & Maheswar Today enjoy an excursion to the beautiful ancient city of Mandu, once known as the ‘City of Joy’, and noted for its fine Hindu and Muslim architecture. Visit Jahaz Mahal; situated between two lakes, it looks like a ship floating

B D Day 8: Dhar – Indore Travel to Indore, an ancient now buzzing metropolis and the largest city in state of Madhya Pradesh. Afternoon visit 200 year old Rajwada palace, mirror temple known for its beautiful interiors of multicoloured glass mosaic, Central Museum and the neo classical wonder Lal Bagh palace. Stay overnight in Indore. B Day 9: Indore Departure Tour finishes after breakfast with direct transfer to the Indore airport where you board your flight to Mumbai or Delhi to connect with your onward flight.

Bhojpur Sanchi Bhopal 3 Fort Amla 1 Bhimbhetka Dhar 3 1 Indore Mandu

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

LUXURY Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 3,589

What’s included: guide

in the water; Hindola Mahal and Baz Bahadur’s Palace before continuing your journey to Maheshwar to visit the Maheshwari textile weaver’s village. Enjoy a boat ride at River Narmada and return to Dhar.

/ $ 5,876

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English-speaking Entry fees and monument charges Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Private Escorted Tours

Treasure of Kolkata & Orissa 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

2,979 PP

This unusual but fascinating tour offers a glimpse of a part of India that is often neglected by visitors. East India combined covers a vast and uneven terrain along the Indo-China border. Sloping down from the lower heights of the Himalayan peaks, this area is dotted with dense forests and blessed with differing climate zones, making this region an eco-tourism paradise, with lush flora and fauna. This short tour covers two states of East India; West Bengal to witness its glorious past and present unique culture; and Orissa, a large, verdant state clinging to the Bay of Bengal coast with its tribal villages, sandy beaches, extraordinary temples and mighty monuments. Day 1: Arrive Kolkata On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Kolkata for two night stay. B D Day 2: Kolkata After a short tour briefing proceed for sightseeing tour of this multicultural historical city. Visit Victoria memorial, Town Hall, St. John’s Church, one of Asia’s largest flower market, Kumar Tuli and conclude your day walking through Chowringhee lane to witness colonial-style cafes.

Day 3: Kolkata – Bhubaneswar B D An early morning transfer to board express train to Bhubaneswar, the lively capital of Orissa. The ancient ‘Kalinga’ empire boasts settlements stretching back 2000 years. Transfer on arrival and remaining afternoon free to explore. Stay two nights at hotel. B D Day 4: Bhubaneswar Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of this ancient city and visit Lingaraja, Parasurameswara, Mukteshwar, Rajarani temples, great examples of Orissa’s 7th to 10th Century architecture, and Dhauli Giri where

Departure & Pricing

king Ashoka renounced violence and embraced Buddhism. Afternoon enjoy an excursion to the remarkable sites of Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves historically the ancient seat of Jainism.

flamingos, purple moorhens, jacana and herons. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake before continuing your journey to Gopalpur, famous for its beaches. Evening is free to explore the beautiful beaches. Stay two nights at hotel.

B D Day 5: Bhubaneswar – Puri Today we travel via some historical villages and towns to the ancient coastal settlement of Puri. En-route visit the Bell Metal Workers’ village, then stop at the appliqué-work village at Pipli, Brahmin village at Birpratappur and Artisans’ village at Raghurajpur now declared a UNESCO World Heritage village. Stay two nights at hotel.

Day 8: Chandragiri & B D Taptapani Excursion Enjoy an excursion to Chandragiri, home to Tibetan settlers. Also visit Saora tribal village to experience new world tucked in to natural forest. Later visit Taptapani famous for hot sulphur springs believed to have medicinal powers. Return to Gopalpur in the evening.

B D Day 6: Konark Excursion Morning excursion to Konark, a UNESCO world heritage site. Enroute visit Stone Carvers village at Chhaitana. In the evening explore the town by foot and rickshaw.

B Day 9: Bhubaneswar Departure After breakfast tour finishes with transfer to Bhubaneswar airport where you can fly to Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad to board your international connection.

B D Day 7: Chilika & Gopalpur Travel to Gopalpur, en-route stop at Chilika Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon. Nestled in the heart of coastal Odisha (Orissa) this lagoon is home to thousands of migratory birds including Siberian Crane, grey legged geese,

Kolkata 2 Bhubaneshwar 2 Chandragiri & Taptapani

2

2 Puri Chilika Lake Gopalpur

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 2,979

/ $ 4,998

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Local English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Train ticket in air-conditioned class Boat ride at Chilka Lake Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 83


Private Escorted Tours

Ladakh

Panoramic Leh & Ladakh 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

ADVENTUROUS DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

1,916 PP

Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, Ladakh is situated towards the eastern parts of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies on the crossroads of the historic ‘Silk Route’ from Sinkiang to West Asia and to the plains of India. This tour offers the historical, cultural and scenic sights of the region perfect for those who love the mountain peaks and adventure. D Day 1: Arrive Leh Leh is a land of beautiful landscapes and gorgeous never-ending vistas. Often described as moonscape, this desolate high altitude desert is a kingdom of mysticism and mystery. On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Leh. As your flight arrives in morning you have full day to explore local bazaar, narrow streets and to acclimatise to the high altitude. Stay two nights in Leh. B L D Day 2: Leh & Shey Start today with an excursion to Shey, home to the Ladakh Royalty. Visit Shey Palace built by King Deldan Namgyal in 1655 AD as a centre of Buddhism, which houses Shey Monastery with its largest golden Buddha statue towering 39 feet. Explore the largest Gompa at Thiksey Monastery belonging to Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism; which strikingly resembles the Potala Palace of Tibet.

Day 3: Khardungla – Nubra B L D Travel to Nubra valley, passing through the highest motorable road of the world, Khardungla pass. As you descend through the pass, you will get to see the picturesque Sunoor area and Samstanling Gompa, which offers you scenic views of the Dikshit valley.

Departure & Pricing

Nubra is also a home of humped back camel and offers you an insight into the ways of life of the local people, living in harsh climatic conditions. Stay overnight at camp offering basic accommodation.

memorials in commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo-China war of 1962. You may see the villagers with their large herds of Pashmina sheep and long-tailed yaks. Stay three nights at Leh.

B L D Day 4: Nubra – Leh After breakfast explore Deskit and Hundar, the two most important villages of Nubra Valley. Visit one of the oldest monasteries, a local school and witness the simple lifestyle of the locals. Enjoy a camel ride on sand dunes before travelling back to Leh for overnight stay.

B L D Day 7: Likir & Alchi Today we discover the rich Buddhist heritage of Ladakh, by travelling to one of the oldest monasteries established in 10th century housing 11th & 12th century wall paintings, all of Indo Himalayan style. En-route visit Likir monastery which was established in 1065 AD and is situated alongside the Valley of Indus River.

B L D Day 5: Leh – Pangong Today enjoy a scenic ride and explore one of the most beautiful lakes in the Himalayas, the Pangong Lake spread over 604 sq kms of area between India and Tibet. Visit small villages en-route and stay overnight at a camp offering basic facilities. B L D Day 6: Pangong – Leh Enjoy breakfast at the camp amidst the naturally calm environments, you might have rarely experienced such quiet and peaceful mornings where even the birds do not chirp, the only sound you hear is that of the wind blowing. While returning to Leh visit Darbuk Village near Tangtse Valley, where stands a chain of war

B L D Day 8: Leh Enjoy your leisurely breakfast as the day is kept free for you to explore city and local colourful bazaar handicrafts. B Day 9: Leh Departure After breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to Leh airport where you board flight to Delhi for your onward journey home.

1 Nubra Valley

Leh Likir & Alchi

6

Shey 1 Pangong

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 1,916

/ $ 3,419

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

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Diamond & Dynasty of Deccan 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

3,336 PP

This historic tour begins in the former princely city of Hyderabad to witness a legacy of the decadent Nizams is the trade of pearls, gold, fabric and of course diamonds. Travel from this Islamic pocket in southern India to the intrinsically Hindu collection of UNESCO World Heritage temples at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and on to Hampi and the ancient Vijayanagar Empire to see some of India’s most intricate historical stone carvings. Day 1: Arrive Hyderabad On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel in Hyderabad for two nights stay. B D Day 2: Hyderabad Proceed for a guided sightseeing tour of this 400-year-old metropolis. Visit Charminar, Mecca Masjid with its bricks brought from Mecca, Salar Jung Museum that housing magnificent exhibits of European and Indian paintings and statues, and Tank Bund and Hussain Sagar Lake. B D Day 3: Bidar – Gulbarga Travel to Gulbarga, en-route visit Bidar, a tiny district rich in history. The fort, cannons, palaces in ruins, magnificent tombs and massive monuments all combine to make this a must-visit. Evening free to explore the town and stay overnight at Gulbarga. B D Day 4: Gulbarga – Bijapur Enjoy city tour of Gulbarga and experience unique synthesis of two cultures. Visit the Gulbarga Fort and the tomb of the great Sufi saint for Sufi experience before travelling to Bijapur. Evening free to explore the town and stay overnight at Bijapur.

Departure & Pricing

B D Day 5: Aihole & Badami Visit Gol Gumbaz, the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah and Jumma Masjid before travelling to Badami. En-route visit Aihole, the “cradle of Indian architecture”, housing over 100 temples scattered around the village. Continue your drive to Badami, picturesquely situated on two rocky hills. Afternoon visit the Cave temples. Stay overnight at Badami. B D Day 6: Pattadakal & Hospet Morning visit North Fort and Mahakuta temple before travelling to Hospet. Enroute visit Pattadakal with its ten major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. If time permits visit The Tungabhadra Dam or explore local village markets and stay overnight two nights at Hospet. B D Day 7: Hampi Excursion Enjoy an excursion to Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and ancient capital of Vijayanagara, a vast site of monuments and ruins, a silent witness to a glorious era of triumphs and tragedies. The majestic, imposing ruins leave the visitor awestruck. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, rising majestically at the western end of a 670m-long street and the Vitthala

Temple complex, of which 56 pillars in the main hall produce musical notes when struck. B L D Day 8: Hospet – Dandeli Travel to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary abounding in rich flora and fauna. The sanctuary is undulating with steep slopes, picturesque deep river valleys and rich hilly forest terrain. Afternoon free to relax or explore surrounding area and stay two nights at Dandeli. B L D Day 9: Wildlife Safari Morning and afternoon safari at Dandeli National Park. Wild animals to keep a look out for are the Black Panther, bison, elephants and if you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the tiger.

Day 10: Dandeli – Goa Departure B After breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to Goa Airport where you board your flight to Mumbai or Delhi to connect with your onward flight home.

Gulbarga 1 2 Hyderabad Bijapur Aihole & Pattadakal 2 Hospet & Hampi Badami 1 2 Goa Dandeli NP

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 3,336

/ $ 5,696

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

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Private Escorted Tours

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Private Escorted Tours

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Highlights of Gujrat 11 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

EASY – MODERATE DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

4,255 PP

Gujarat is located in the western part of India and is very popular for its age-old forts and palaces, its beaches and also its lip smacking cuisine. Besides the aforesaid, the state is also a hot favorite amongst tourists for its distinct flora and fauna collection, easily seen in abundance across its numerous wildlife sanctuaries. Through the 11 days Highlights of Gujarat tour, we offer you the very best of its heritage and its culture. Day 1: Arrive Mumbai On arrival, meet your Tour Executive who will assist you with transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Mumbai. B D Day 2: Mumbai Start your day with sightseeing tour of the Bollywood city with an excursion to the 600 AD rock carved Elephanta caves, Prince of Wales museum (closed on Monday), Gateway of India, and drive through Marine Drive, Hanging Gardens and Dhobi Ghat. B D Day 3: Mumbai – Gondal Transfer for your morning flight to Rajkot then travel by road to Gondal, known for its beadwork, silver jewellery and brassware. Afternoon visit cottage weavers’ community and famous Naulakha Palace. B D Day 4: Gondal – Gir Travel to Gir National Park, world famous as the only haven of the majestic Asiatic Lion. En-route stop at Junagadh to visit Uparkot Fort, a magnificent Gothic palace and beautiful tomb built by the Nawabs. Stay two nights at Gir National Park. B L D Day 5: Gir National Park Enjoy a wildlife safari to spot vast

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numbers of wild animals, birds, reptiles, endangered Asiatic Lions and the thriving leopard population. B D Day 6: Gir – Bhavnagar Travel to Bhavnagar, a coastal city, and former princely state Sihor founded by Bhavsinhji Gohil in 1723AD. Afternoon enjoy a city tour and visit Gandhi Smriti, Takhteshwar Temple, Barton Library and the museum of old books, manuscripts, rare coins, arms and armour belonging to the rulers of Bhavnagar. Stay two nights at Bhavnagar. B D Day 7: Palitana Excursion Enjoy an excursion to Palitana where you will need to be physically fit to climb the stone steps leading to the top of the hill to see the enormous compound of approximately 863 fascinating Jain temples built over 900 years.

Day 8: Bhavnagar – Vilavadar B D Journey to Vilavadar and in the afternoon visit National Park, famous for blackbucks amongst other migratory birds. Evening free to explore this small town and stay overnight at hotel.

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

16 Oct ‘19 - 15 Jun ‘20

$ 4,255

/ $ 7,298

Day 9: Vilavadar – Ahmedabad B D Travel to Ahmedabad, en-route stop in Utelia, founded by the chieftain of the Vaghela Rajput clan in the 18th century. Stop at Lothal, a city planned during the Indus Valley Civilization. Rest of the evening free for shopping. Stay overnight at Ahmedabad. B D Day 10: Ahmedabad Visit the Calico Museum, famous for its rich collection of textiles, Sabarmati Ashram started by Mahatma Gandhi in 1915, Hridaya Kunj, a 15th-century Adalaj step-well and Dada Hari Wav. Evening free to explore local bazaar for handicraft or textiles. B Day 11: Ahmedabad Departure After a leisurely breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to the Ahmedabad International Airport.

Gondal 1

2 Ahmedabad 1 Vilavadar 2 Bhavnagar

2 Gir NP

2 Mumbai

Tour notes: Gir National park is closed between 16 Jun–15 Oct Economy airfare included: NZ$88pp During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

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Package prices displayed are low season, per person, based on two people sharing a base category room. Please contact us or your agent for special offers.

The Taj Mahal 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT

424 PP

FROM NZ $

Day 1: Delhi – Agra Board the early morning Shatabdi express train departing at 0615hrs to Agra. Visit the imposing Agra Fort, magnified jewel-like Itimad-Ud-Daulah and the Taj Mahal. Stay overnight at Agra. B Day 2: Fatehpur Sikri - Delhi Enjoy an excursion to Fatehpur Sikri and visit architectural grandeur built by Mughal Emperor Akbar between 1571 and 1584. Late afternoon return to Agra and board train to Delhi. Tour finishes on arrival at Delhi.

What’s included:

01 night hotel accommodation Sightseeing and transfer by private car Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Local English-speaking tour guide Train tickets

Goa 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

FROM NZ $

474 PP

If there is one thing that makes Goa different from other parts of India then it is its East-West symbiosis, giving it a special historical and social niche. The history of Goa tells a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. The city was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the surge of trade and demand of spices, cotton and indigo. As a land with an identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated from Portugal of its oppressive rule of about 450 hundred years, in 1961. Time and it’s amazing beaches have made Goa a B famous tourist destination.

What’s included:

03 nights hotel accommodation Arrival and departure transfer Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Half-day city tour

Kolkata 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

754 PP

FROM NZ $

On arrival at Kolkata airport, you will be assisted by THO tour executive and transfer to the hotel. Kolkata is the cultural hub of west Bengal and the capital of India during British rule, and offering a great mix of colonial and local culture. Enjoy sighting tour and visit Howrah Bridge, flower market, Kumar Tuli, Victoria Memorial, Tagore, Mother Teresa House and take a boat ride to visit Belur Math. Stay three nights in hotel. On fourth day your tour finishes after breakfast with B transfer to the airport.

What’s included:

02 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast Return airport transfers by private car Entry fees and monument charges Sightseeing Boat ride on Hugli River

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Darjeeling & Sikkim 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

FROM NZ $

1,216 PP

B Day 1&2: Bagdogra – Darjeeling Arrive Bagdogra from Kolkata or Delhi and transfer to Darjeeling. Enjoy full day sightseeing with a sunrise visit to Tiger Hill, Ghoom Monastery and Batashia Loop War Memorial. In the evening explore colourful bazaars, the famous Darjeeling tea plantation and if weather is good, than a toy train ride. Stay two nights at hotel. B Day 3&4: Darjeeling – Gangtok Travel to Gangtok which offers breathtaking views, colourful lifestyles, Buddhist Shrines, adventure and exquisite flora and fauna. Enjoy full day city sightseeing tour and stay two nights at hotel.

Day 5: Gangtok – Bagdogra After breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to Bagdogra Airport.

B

What’s included:

04 nights hotel accommodation Sightseeing and transfer by private car Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Local Englishspeaking tour guide Toy train ride

Mumbai 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

FROM NZ $

854 PP

We assist you to transfer from the airport to the hotel. Touch, feel and experience Mumbai, the bubblegum glamour of Bollywood cinema, shopping malls full of designer labels and red double-decker buses queuing in grinding traffic jams. This pungent drama is played out against a Victorian townscape more reminiscent of a prosperous 19th century English industrial city than anything you would expect to find on the edge of the Arabian Sea. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and an excursion trip to the 5th century Elephanta Cave provided boats are B D running on the day.

What’s included:

03 nights hotel accommodation Arrival and departure transfers with one full day sightseeing by private car Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Local English-speaking tour guide Boat ride

Holy Varansi 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

FROM NZ $

419 PP

Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in the world and has been a great religious centre for Hindus. On your second day experience sunrise boat ride on the holy river Ganges and an excursion to Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Evening witness Maha Pooja at one of the temples before concluding your evening with overnight at hotell.

What’s included:

02 nights hotel accommodation Arrival and departure transfers with one full day sightseeing by private car Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Local English-speaking tour guide Boat ride

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5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

FROM NZ $

Private Escorted Tours

Ajanta & Ellora Cave

848 PP

Day 1: Arrive Aurangabad Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel for four nights stay. Day 2: Aurangabad Enjoy city sightseeing and visit Daulatabad Fort, Panchakki; a flourmill run by water built in 1695, Bibi ka Maqbara built in 1678 by Sultan Azam Shah in an intentional bid to copy and rival the world famous Taj Mahal. B Day 3: Ellora Caves Go for a day excursion to visit Ellora Caves, one of the highly visited World Heritage sites of India. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. B Day 4: Ajanta Caves Today enjoy an excursion to the Ajanta Caves recognised as World Heritage Site. Its location within the Sahyadri Hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed during 200 BC to 650 AD. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a languorous stylised beauty and magical eloquence.

Day 5: Aurangabad Departure After breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to the airport

B

What’s included:

04 nights hotel accommodation Sightseeing and transfer by private car Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Local English-speaking tour guide

Pearls of Hyderabad 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

549 PP

FROM NZ $

Board flight from Kolkata or Chennai to Port Blair and on arrival transfer to the hotel. Floating in splendid isolation, the Indian mainland is the archipelago of 572 emerald islands, known as Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This Union Territory is stretched over an area of more than 700km with 36 inhabited islands. These undulating islands are covered with dense forests and an endless variety of exotic flowers and birds. The series of islands offers an excellent scope for water B sports.

What’s included:

02 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast transfers by private car City sightseeing tour

Amritsar 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Return

367 PP

FROM NZ $

Arrive Amritsar either by train or flight. Our representative will assist you to transfer to the hotel. The next day start your city tour with the Golden Temple, historical Jallianwala Bagh and the Summer Palace Museum. In the evening witness a Flag Retreat ceremony at Wagah Border before concluding your sightseeing tour. On your last day you will be transferred to the airport or railway B station for your onward journey.

What’s included:

02 nights hotel accommodation Sightseeing and transfer by private car Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Local English-speaking tour guide

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Sri Lanka A land like no other Situated just 32kms off the coast of India, the island formerly known as Ceylon is home to 20 million people. The gorgeous land of Sri Lanka has many nicknames, each of which describes its unique features. This island country, because of its geographical location, is known as the “Teardrop of India” and its cultural richness has earned it the title of the “Pearl of the Orient”. The counrty is known by a flotilla of aliases. The “Resplendent Isle” is a country of picturesque beaches, tea plantations and ancient cities. Scuba dive, visit a lagoon of singing fish, and explore dense jungles, shrines and temples.

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Sri Lanka in Style 14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

7,498 PP

This premium luxury tour encompasses all the major sites of the Cultural Triangle before taking a leisurely route through the centre and south of Sri Lanka. Visit temples, tea plantations and a national park to reach one of the glorious beaches that stretches the length of the southwest coast. Day 1: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. Stay two nights in Colombo.

Dambulla, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spice plantation in Matale. Evening free to explore Kandy’s local craft village and stay two nights at Bungalow by Amaya.

B Day 2: Colombo Enjoy city sightseeing tour of Colombo, visiting Fort area, National Museum, commercial areas, Pettah, a colourful Oriental bazaar, mosques and temples.

B Day 7: Kandy Start your day with a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, and the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic. Rest of the day is free to explore local bazaar or relax at the hotel.

B Day 3: Anuradhapura After breakfast, travel to Thirappane in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Evening free to relax and stay three nights in Ulagalla Resort.

B Day 8: Nuwara Eliya Experience a train ride to this famous tea country. Afternoon enjoy tour of a tea factory. Stay two nights in Jetwing Warwick Gardens.

Day 4: Anuradhapura & B Polonnaruwa Explore the sacred and ancient city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later visit Polonnaruwa, which remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country.

B Day 9: Nuwara Eliya Day is free to relax or explore Lake Gregory, created by the British governor Sir William Gregory in 1873, and the beautifully Queen Victoria Park founded in 1897. For golfers, this town offers a chance play an historical 18-hole golf course.

B Day 5: Sigiriya & Minneriya Discover the ancient clifftop fortress of Sigiriya. Explore the ruins of ancient palaces, moats, shrines, frescoes and water gardens. Later visit Minneriya National Park.

B Day 10: Yala Travel to Yala and enroute stop at Kataragama to discover more about religious traditions of the country and Vedda, an aboriginal people inhabiting the forest. Later continue to Yala and stay two nights in Chena Huts.

B Day 6: Anuradhapura – Kandy Travel to Kandy, en-route visiting The Golden Rock Cave Temple of

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Yala National Park known to have one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Rest of the day free to relax or explore this small town. B Day 12: Weligama / Tangalle Travel to Galle and enjoy a guided walk through Galle’s historic 17th Century Dutch Fort. heck in at the hotel for two nights at Anantara Peace Haven. B Day 13: Weligama / Tangalle Enjoy a leisurely breakfast as the day is free to relax and enjoy this beautiful resort. B Day 14: Colombo Departure Enjoy leisurely breakfast and checkout to travel to Colombo. If time permits, explore Galle Face Green and enjoy dinner before transfering to the airport for your flight.

3

Anuradhapura Polonnaruwa

2 Kandy

2 Colombo

DEPARTURE DURING

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 7,498

/ $ 11,969

2 Nuwara Eliya

2 Yala

B Day 11: Yala Early morning enjoy game drive at the

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

Minneriya

Weligama 2

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included: Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Meals as specified Local English-speaking guide Entry fees and monument charges Wildlife safari at Minneriya & Yala Visit to spice plantation Tea tour in Nuwara Eliya Scenic train ride Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes www.totalholidayoptions.co.nz | 91


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Highlights of Lanka 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

Day 1: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay at Colombo. B D Day 2: Dambulla/Habarana Travel to Dambulla and visit the UNESCO site of Dambulla Cave. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. Stay two nights at the hotel. B D Day 3: Wildlife Safari Enjoy a visit to Polonnaruwa, the old capital of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon take a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park, showcasing a large number of wild elephant families, birds and reptiles.

B D Day 4: Kandy Travel to Kandy, en-route visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and spice garden at Matale where you will see the spice plantations and be able to purchase locally grown spices. Stay two nights at Kandy. B D Day 5: Kandy In the morning explore the town and visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the Gem museum in the afternoon. In the evening enjoy an upper lake drive and watch a cultural show before finishing your day.

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1,799 PP

B D Day 6: Bentota/Beruwela Travel by road to a small resort town in the south western coastal belt and stay two nights at resort. B D Day 7: Bentota/Beruwela Visit a Turtle Hatchery at Kosgoda and see several endangered species of turtles. Enjoy a river safari on the Bentota River and experience its breathtaking beauty.

Day 8: Colombo Departure After breakfast, the tour finishes with a transfer to Colombo Airport.

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 1,799

$ 1,998

$ 3,339

/ $ 2,998

/ $ 3,324

/ $ 5,444

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Local English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park River safari at Bentota Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Lanka & Leopard 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

Day 1: Arrive Colombo On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.

B D Day 4: Yala Travel to Yala, evening participate in a spiritual ceremony at Kataragama Temple. Stay overnight at hotel.

B D Day 2: Kandy In the morning travel by road to Kandy, then in the evening visit the most sacred Temple of Tooth Relic and enjoy a cultural show. Stay overnight at Kandy.

Day 5 & 6: Bentota/Beruwela B D Morning enjoy safari at Yala before travelling to Bentota. En-route stop at

B D Day 3: Nuwara Eliya Travel to Nuwara Eliya passing through a tea plantation. Afternoon explore the town and stay overnight.

What’s included:

Departure & Pricing

1,639 PP

Galle Fort and evening free to explore. Stay two nights at the beach resort. B Day 7: Colombo Departure After a leisurely breakfast the tour will finish with a transfer to Colombo Airport.

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 1,639

$ 1,827

$ 3,047

/ $ 2,739

/ $ 3,029

/ $ 4,964

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

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Best of Ceylon 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

ADVENTUROUS DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

3,116 PP

This tour combines culture and relaxation, taking in some of Sri Lanka’s finest historical, archaeological and natural treasures whilst not forgetting the pleasures of a few days by the sea. Tour the Cultural Triangle visiting the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the sacred cave temples of Dambulla and the inspiring sky citadel of Sigiriya. Travel to the bustling city of Kandy where you may explore the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the magnificent Peredeniya Botanical Gardens. Travel to Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the misty experience of the tea garden. Finish the trip with a few days at a charming boutique hotel with miles of beaches right on the doorstep. Day 1: Arrive Colombo Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

of a palace on the top of the rock. Later continue journey towards Kandy, enroute stop at Matale Spice gardens. Stay two nights in Kandy.

B D Day 9: Bentota / Beruwala Today travel to beach resort, rest of the day is free to relax and stay two nights at beach resort.

B D Day 2: Dambulla/Habarana Travel to Dambulla the hub of cultural triangle. Afternoon visit the 2nd century cave temple of Dambulla and stay three nights in hotel.

B D Day 6: Kandy Today, your guide will take you on a tour to explore Kandy at your own leisure. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site. You will visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Gem Museum and in the evening, witness a traditional Kandan dance.

B D Day 10: Galle Excursion After breakfast enjoy an excursion to Galle, famous as the Tarshish of the Bible and the Port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka. Explore the bazaar for local handcrafted souvenirs.

B D Day 3: Anuradhapura Enjoy an excursion to Anuradhapura. Visit Mihintale on our way back to the hotel. Evening enjoy catamaran ride on the Habarana Lake. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Polonnaruwa & Wildlife B D Take an excursion to the ruins of Polonnaruwa and witness a collection of rich architecture, extraordinary ancient irrigation methods and huge man-made reservoirs. Afternoon enjoy jeep safari to see various wildlife at Minneriya National Park. B D Day 5: Kandy Morning visit impressive 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress. This world heritage site, consists of the remains

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B D Day 7: Nuwara Eliya After breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, known as ‘Little England’ since its adoption by colonial British tea planters. Visit a Tea Plantation and Factory to observe the process of turning raw green leaf into the finished product.

Anuradhapura Minneriya Polonnaruwa

B D Day 8: Trek to Worlds End Leave early morning to Horton Plains for a trek (2-3 hrs) to Worlds End and witness nature at its best. Afternoon is free to relax or explore this small town.

3 Dambulla/Habarana

2 Kandy 2 Nuwara Eliya

1 Colombo

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 3,116

$ 3,469

$ 5,749

/ $ 4,964

B Day 11: Colombo Departure Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before travelling back to Colombo. Tour finishes by late afternoon with direct transfer to the International airport.

/ $ 5,229

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

/ $ 9,184

Horton Plains

2 Bentota / Beruwala

Galle

What’s included:

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Panoramic Lanka 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS

EASY PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

3,689 PP

We invite you to explore this superb destination, visiting the ancient cities and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla. This splendid itinerary includes some easy trekking and nature safaris and offers an excellent all-round introduction to Sri Lanka. Day 1: Arrive Colombo Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya – Kandy B D Travel to Kandy and evening free to relax or go walking. Stay two nights in Kandy.

B D Day 2: Yala Travel through the beautiful coastal route to Yala and en-route visit UNESCO Galle Fort. Stay two nights in Yala.

B D Day 6: Kandy Take a tour to explore Kandy at your own leisure. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site. You will visit the Temple of the Tooth relic, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Gem Museum and in the evening, witness a traditional Kandyan dance accompanied by live music.

B D Day 3: Wildlife Safari Wake up early collect your packed breakfast and travel towards the Yala National Park. We can spot many wild animals, including leopards, reptiles, elephants, and birds. The afternoon is free to relax at the hotel or enjoy a walk. B D Day 4: Ceylon Tea Gardens Leave for Nuwara Eliya, known as ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the island, but it is really just like an English spring day. Afternoon visit Tea Plantation and factory to observe the complete process of turning the raw green leaf into the finished product. Stay overnight in hotel.

Departure & Pricing

B D Day 7: Spices & Cave Travel to Trincomalee stopping en-route at Spice Plantation and Dambulla Cave temple. Stay two nights at Trincomalee. B Day 8: Trincomalee A day at leisure at the beach resort.

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B D Day 9: Sigiriya & Village Morning visit Sigiriya rock fortress and afternoon rural village of Hiriwadunna. Enjoy a walk alongside the lake and spot birds and land monitors. Cross a little jungle rivulet by catamaran and reach a farm house to enjoy local tea. Experience a bullock cart ride through paddy fields before you end this

fantastic village experience. Stay three nights in Dambulla. Day 10: Polonnaruwa & Wildlife B D In the morning visit Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Afternoon take a jeep safari through spectacular Minneriya National Park. Day 11: Anuradhapura B D Excursion Enjoy an excursion to Anuradhapura an ancient mighty Sinhalese Kingdom and explore the ruins which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afternoon free to relax. Day 12: Dambulla – Colombo B D Travel to Colombo and evening free to relax or go for shopping. Stay overnight in Colombo. B Day 13: Colombo Departure After a leisurely breakfast, the tour finishes with a direct transfer to the international airport to board your return flight.

Trincomalee 2 Anuradhapura

DEPARTURE DURING

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 3,689

$ 4,099

$ 6,388

/ $ 5,898

/ $ 6,435

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

/ $ 9,884

Polonnaruwa

Dambulla 3

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DELUXE Twin/Single

Minneriya

2 Kandy 2 Colombo

1 Nuwara Eliya

2 Yala

Hotel accommodation Private air-conditioned car with driver Local English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Catamaran ride Nature walk through village Bullock cart ride 01 Jeep safari at Yala 01 Jeep safari at Minneriya Tea tour Peradeniya Botanical Garden Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

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Lanka Explorer 18 DAYS / 17 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

4,998 PP

This tour not only covers all must-see destinations, it also gives you an opportunity to explore a few untouched areas. Designed for those who would like to explore more of this wonderful island, visit untouched destinations and experience the uniqueness of the country. Day 1: Arrive Colombo Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to hotel for two nights stay. B D Day 2: Negombo Start our day with a visit to the famous fishing village. Remaining day is free to relax or explore this small town.

Day 3: Negombo B D Anuradhapura Travel to Anuradhapura, centre of the island’s Buddhist civilization. Also visit Mihintale and conclude your day with dinner and overnight at hotel. Day 4: Anuradhapura – Jaffna B D Travel to Jaffna, the cultural town located at the northernmost region of the country. Afternoon free to relax or explore the town and stay three nights in the hotel. B D Day 5: Jaffna Start your day with city sightseeing tour and visit Kandadorai Viharaya, Dambakola Patuna and Keeramallai holy bath ponds. B D Day 6: Jaffna Visit Nallur Kovil before enjoying an excursion to Point Pedro. On your return, visit Jaffna library, one of the biggest libraries in Asia. B D Day 7: Jaffna – Habarana Travel to Habarana and visit Dambulla Cave Temples. Relax for the rest of the day and stay three nights at the hotel.

Departure & Pricing

B D Day 8: Sigiriya Rock Visit famous Sigiriya Rock fortress where you can climb to the top using a series of steps and walkways which zig-zag their way up the rock cliffs. Evening free to explore.

Day 9: Polonnaruwa & Wild Life B D Take an excursion to the ruins of Polonnaruwa and witness a collection of rich architecture and huge manmade reservoirs. Afternoon enjoy a jeep safari at Minneriya. B D Day 10: Habarana – Kandy Travel to Kandy, the most sacred town of Sri Lanka. En-route visit the spice plantation at Matale. Stay two nights at the hotel. B D Day 11: Kandy In the morning visit Temple of the Tooth Relic and afternoon explore local bazaar and Gem museum. Evening go for upper lake drive and enjoy a cultural dance show.

Day 12: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya B D Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden before travelling to Nuwara Eliya, a tea countryside famous for its Ceylon tea. Stay two nights at the hotel. B D Day 13: Ceylon Tea Tour Today we start early with a hands-on experience of the art of tea plucking and blending, collecting your share of leaves before returning to the tea factory to learn about the process and blending of tea.

B D Day 15: Yala – Galle Enjoy a morning jeep safari to spot leopard for which the national park is famous for, and various other wildlife, birds and reptiles. Later travel to Galle and stay two nights in the hotel. B D Day 16: Galle After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour of Galle Fort. Remainder of the day is free to explore or relax at the hotel. B D Day 17: Galle – Colombo Travel to Colombo, en-route stop at Ambalangoda to visit a traditional handmade mask workshop. Evening enjoy sightseeing. Stay overnight. B Day 18: Colombo departure Tour finishes with a transfer to Colombo International airport.

3 Jaffna

Anuradhapura 1 Polonnaruwa

3 Habarana

Sigiriya

Negombo

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

PREMIUM Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 4,998

$ 5,659 / $ 8,695

$ 8,245 / $ 12,898

/ $ 7,937

B D Day 14: Yala National Park Enjoy a scenic drive to Yala, afternoon visit Kataragama Temple and evening free to relax and stay overnight at hotel.

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

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What’s included:

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Kathmandu & Wildlife 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

EASY – MODERATE DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu Meet and assistance provided on arrival at the airport by your tour manager and transfer to hotel for an overnight stay. Day 2: Kathmandu – Chitwan B D After breakfast travel to Chitwan and explore the village. Stay two nights at Chitwan. Day 3: Chitwan National Park B D Morning enjoy a wildlife safari and in the afternoon walk around the nearby village to observe the daily life of locals.

Day 4: Chitwan – Kathmandu B D After breakfast travel to Kathmandu enjoying the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. Stay two nights in Kathmandu. B D Day 5: Kathmandu Enjoy an excursion to Patan and Bhaktapur to see ancient Newari

Departure & Pricing

1,787 PP

architecture and arts. Visit the 5th Century Pashupatinath temple, one of the largest Baudhanath stupas and Durbar Square. Overnight in Kathmandu. B Day 6: Kathmandu Departure After breakfast tour finishes with a transfer to the airport.

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 1,787

$ 2,145

/ $ 2,899

/ $ 3,194

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included: Hotel accommodation Private car with driver Local English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Wildlife safari Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Kathmandu & Hiking 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

EASY – ADVENTUROUS DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel for two nights stay at Kathmandu. B D Day 2: Bhaktapur Excursion Enjoy a city sightseeing tour, visit Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur, the ancient city housing unique culture, tradition, arts and craftsmanship. B D Day 3: Nagarkot Visit Stupa of Swayambhunath before travelling to Nagarkot. Enjoy a scenic

drive and savour the breathtaking view of the mountains. Experience a magnificent sunset and stay overnight at Nagarkot. B D Day 4: Hike to Sankhu Wake up early in the morning to enjoy a magnificent sunrise over the Himalayan ranges. After breakfast set off hiking in Sankhu and enjoy the rich

Departure & Pricing

1,798 PP

culture and heart-stopping scenery. Later return back to Kathmandu for an overnight stay. B Day 5: Kathmandu Departure After breakfast the tour will finish with a transfer to the airport.

Tour notes:

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 1,798

$ 1,854

/ $ 2,450

/ $ 2,527

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Nepal Delight 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

EASY – MODERATE DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by your tour manager and transfer to hotel for an overnight stay. Day 2: Kathmandu – Chitwan B D Travel by road to Chitwan National Park famous for endangered onehorned rhinos, tigers and many wildlife species of birds, animals and reptiles. Stay two nights at Chitwan. Day 3: Chitwan National Park B D Morning enjoy wildlife safari. Afternoon walk around the nearby village to observe the daily life of locals. B D Day 4: Chitwan – Pokhara Experience scenic ride to Pokhara and relax at the hotel or take a walk to the Lake. Stay two nights at Pokhara.

B D Day 5: Pokhara Visit Mahendra Gupha Cave, The Devil’s Fall at the gorge of the Seti River, Tibetan refugee camp and enjoy boat a ride to witness the majestic sight of snow-capped mountain peaks and exquisite beauty.

Day 6: Pokhara – Kathmandu B D Today travel back to Kathmandu and check into Hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Swoyambhunath Stupa. Also visit Chobhar and Kirtipur.

Departure & Pricing

2,447 PP

After visit return to Kathmandu for overnight stay. B D Day 7: Kathmandu After breakfast visit Patan Darbar square and Boudhanath stupa, After visit return to Kathmandu for overnight stay. B Day 8: Kathmandu Departure After leisurely breakfast, tour finishes with transfer to the airport.

(NZ$ PER PERSON From)

DEPARTURE DURING

DELUXE Twin/Single

LUXURY Twin/Single

16 Sep 19-15 Sep 20

$ 2,447

$ 2,662

/ $ 3,872

/ $ 4,228

Tour notes: During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private car with driver Local English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Wildlife safari Boat ride at Pokhara Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes

Essential Kathmandu 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

EASY-PACED DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

D Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit Pashupathinath Temple; the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River, and the Boudhanath Stupa, an ancient colossal stupa and the world centre of

Tibetan Buddhism (time permitting). In the evening you will have a welcome dinner at a Nepali restaurant featuring a cultural program. B D Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Today after breakfast, you have a full day sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley and Patan and Bhaktapur

889 PP

cities to witness medieval art and architecture. B Day 3: Kathmandu After breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to the airport.

Tour notes:

During festivals, blackout dates and New Year a surcharge may apply.

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Best of Bhutan 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

EASY – ADVENTUROUS DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

Day 1: Arrive Paro - Thimphu The flight into Bhutan offers dazzling scenic views of Himalaya. On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, for two nights stay. B L D Day 2: Thimphu Take a full day sightseeing tour of the valley and visit Changangkha

Monastery, Drupthob Nunnery Temple, Tashichho Dzong and the local market. Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha B L D Leave Thimphu valley and travel to Dochula pass at an altitude of 3140m, stopping en-route to visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in Bhutan. Later visit Punakha’s Dzong and stay overnight at the hotel.

2,140 PP

B L D Day 4: Punakha – Paro Travel to Paro and visit Drugyel Dzong, Ta-Dzong, famous tiger-nest monastry and explore local culture and history. Stay overnight at the hotel. B Day 5: Paro Departure After breakfast the tour will finish with a transfer to the airport.

What’s included:

Hotel accommodation Private car with driver Local English-speaking tour guide Meals as specified Entry fees and monument charges Bottled water while travelling Assistance and transfers All current collectable taxes Bhutan entry visa government royalty

Land of Dragons 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

EASY – ADVENTUROUS DEPARTS DAILY FROM NZ $

D Day 1: Arrive Paro - Thimphu The flight into Bhutan offers dazzling scenic views of Himalaya. On arrival at the airport, meet your tour manager who will assist you to transfer to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan, for two nights stay. B L D Day 2: Thimphu Take a full day sightseeing tour of the valley and visit Changangkha Monastery, Drupthob Nunnery Temple, Tashichho Dzong and the local market.

Day 3: Thimphu – Trongsa B L D After an early breakfast, take a scenic drive through streams, forests and

What’s included:

small villages before crossing the Pele la Pass. In the evening explore the town and stay overnight at Trongsa. Day 4: Trongsa – Bumthang B L D Travel to Bumthang and visit Wangdicholing, Jakar Dzong, Kurjey and Tamshing monasteries. Enjoy refreshments at the Swiss Farm House famous for it’s cheese and beer factory. Stay overnight at Bumthang. Day 5: Bumthang – Punakha B L D Explore the valley and travel to Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong Fortress and Simtokha Dzong which now serves as a Buddhist university. Stay overnight at the hotel.

3,564 PP

B L D Day 6: Punakha – Paro Enjoy sightseeing around the Paro Valley and visit Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum, the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, the courtyard of 7th century Kichu Lhakhang and famous tiger-nest monastry. Stay two nights at the hotel. B L D Day 7: Paro Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and explore the town and valley. B Day 8: Paro Departure After breakfast the tour finishes with a transfer to Paro Airport.

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liable if your condition exacerbates or affects your ability to participate in any portion of the tour. 17. Travelling with Children: In hotels stating where a child stays free, this is generally a room paid for as two adults and the child is expected to share the parents’ bed. Hotels will not provide an extra bed, and additional charges may be levied for a child’s meal and extra bedding. An additional room is charged at an adult rate even if the child stays unaccompanied by an adult. Children’s fares are available on application but please note that children under 16 are only permitted on private car tour and not permitted on any group journeys. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS take no responsibility for the health, safety and security of their children. 18. Passport, Visa and Vaccinations: It is mandatory that you familiarise yourself with any visa and health requirements that may be applicable in the countries you are visiting. You are responsible for complying with all entry visas, healthlaws, regulations, orders, demands and requirements of countries visited or transited. Please note that passport and visa requirements are not the responsibility of TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or that of your travel agent and both these parties cannot be held liable for any loss or expense due to the failure to comply with the above. 19. Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in your holiday package. It is a condition of booking and you are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes (without limitation) coverage for the cost of your holiday package, medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise and land content and airfare charges that may occur due to cancellation, impossibility of performance or other frustration, disruption, loss of deposit or strikes. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS cannot in any way be made liable for any cost incurred by the customer on any tour. 20. Local Laws: All participants in tours operated by the Company are expected to obey the laws and regulations of the countries visited and any failure to do so will relieve the Company of all obligations that it may otherwise have under this Contract. 21. Behaviour: It is every passenger’s responsibility to ensure that you and the members of your party do not behave in a manner which causes offence or danger to others, or which risks damage to property belonging to others. In such circumstances, all suppliers (e.g. hotel staff, guide, driver, airline staff etc.) and the Company have the right to terminate arrangements made on the passenger’s behalf, in which case the Company’s responsibility to the passenger ceases immediately. Therefore, the Company will not be liable for any refunds, payment of compensation or reimbursement of any cost or expenses incurred as a result. Further, the Client will be liable to reimburse the company for any expenses whatsoever that it incurs as a result of such behaviour. 22. Luggage Limits: Although we do not have any luggage limits on our tour but highly recommend carrying 1 piece up to 30kg per person which is easy to transport while travelling by coach or car. When a flight is a part of your tour, standard luggage allowance may vary. We recommend you check the correct luggage allowance of your international and domestic flights at the time of booking. In some case, you can pre-purchase but since airlines are frequently changing their policy it is impossible for us to confirm luggage allowance until the flight is ticketed and paid. It’s passenger responsibility to familiarise airline’s luggage policies before departure. If not comply with the rules, airlines may impose excess baggage fees at the time of check-in and TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS take no responsibility. All luggage is at “owner’s risk”. 23. Variations: Considerable care has been taken in preparing this brochure but circumstances not within TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS’ control may force changes for Itineraries, accommodation, activities, costs, in which case you will be informed as soon as possible. If necessary, due to circumstances beyond our control, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS reserve the right to change hotels to a similar category. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS may update these terms and conditions at any time. Any changes to these terms and conditions made after booking will be advised to you as soon as possible. 24. Travel Documentation: Please ensure to make final payment on time according to the due date so we can process and finalise travel documents. Documentation will be forwarded only two (2) weeks prior to departure. Requests for early documents are accepted but are not guaranteed unless full and final payment from every group tour member is received.

25. Travel Agent Responsibilities: It is the travel agent’s responsibility to ensure that their client is carrying the correct travelling documents and is aware of full booking the terms and conditions of TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. 26. Passenger’s Responsibility: Although we take utmost care while selecting accommodation to ensure you enjoy a comfortable stay, it should be noted that the standard of accommodation varies quite drastically throughout the countries and various regions. Since most booking is made far in advance, it is the client’s responsibility to advise us at the time of confirmation should they have any concern or a likelihood to want to change any accommodation included in the itinerary. Any changes made after confirmation may incur a penalty. Passengers are also advised to ensure that full payment of your booking is made on time by the travel agent where tours are booked. 27. Pre-departure information: We highly recommend all passengers read our pre-departure information to get a good insight into frequently asked questions. Do contact us if you still have any questions which are not covered relating to your specific tour. 28. Smoking: Smoking is allowed in the designated area only and not permitted inside hotel, coaches, car, trains, cruise, restaurants etc. 29. Air Tickets and Seat Allocation: Frequent flyer miles may not be accrued on some airfares. Preflight seat allocation is not included when quoted and may not be available. Schedule changes or flight cancellations are subject to the airline’s policy and are outside TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS control. 30. Refusal of Carriage: TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS reserve the right to remove passenger from our tours for reasons that impact on the enjoyment or safety of other tour members and or operation staff, such as, but not limited to, the physical, medical or mental inability of passenger to undertake the arrangements of the tour, unsocial or unruly behaviour, or the carriage of prohibited substances and materials. 31. Gratuity/Tipping: Tipping has always been difficult as it might not be a part of your culture or country, however, it is highly expected where we operate tours and is often the way some people supplement their earnings. Prepaid tipping options are given in each Group Tour and cover Tour Managers, Local Guide and Driver only. You are welcome to pay more if you wish as these guidelines are prepared to cover a reasonable amount. Our Tour Manager will guide you and we recommend you keep the small denomination of local currency if you wish to pay porter, waiter, rickshaw driver etc. 32. Personal Belongings and Lost Items: For security reasons, valuables should be kept to a minimum and packed in your hand luggage along with your medicines, camera, film, electrical or battery-operated appliances. It is passengers responsibility to look after your property at all times and you must ensure you are adequately covered by comprehensive travel insurance in the event of any loss. 33. Disruption to Itinerary Arrangements: Under normal operating conditions itineraries will be delivered as per the brochure. However, sometimes for reasons beyond our control, it may be necessary to make alterations to your itinerary. On occasion, roadblock, public holiday, flooding, low water levels or due to unforeseen circumstances. We recommend you take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes coverage of events such as these, as we will not be liable for any direct or indirect costs incurred as a result of such events or other factors beyond our control happening. Published itineraries are indicative only and subject to alterations and delays at short notice, though every effort will be made to ensure that the published itinerary is followed as closely as possible. The Tour Manager and local guides are jointly responsible for passengers’ comfort and safety. Therefore passengers must accept their decisions and instructions. Additionally, you are not entitled to any refund for any alterations to your itinerary that are caused or contributed to by any such events which are beyond our control. 34. Shopping and Other Services: Local Bazaars and shopping can be fun and entertaining while on holiday. We do not patronise any shopping malls or emporiums, no staff and employees are neither qualified nor permitted to ensure or guarantee the quality or value of any goods purchased while on tour. Leisure activities and services are undertaken during free time are at the customer’s own discretion, as suitability and standard of any recreational services outside of your booked arrangements cannot be monitored by us and

therefore, is undertaken entirely at the passenger’s own risk. 35. Seatbelts and Baby Seats: Seat belts are available in all our transport and compulsory for our chauffeur drivers to wear. It is recommended that where seatbelts are available passenger must use them and remain seated at all times while the vehicle is moving. If you are travelling with children, baby seats are available in a few destinations and are offered on first come first basis. It’s your responsibility to request at the time of booking. Though we ensure baby seats are of high quality and offer what is available at the destination. If you wish to take your own baby seat, we do not guarantee to fit on the transport located to you. Passenger’s warrant that they shall not make any claim arising from injury or damage due to any reason and hereby release TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS from all such claims. 36. Complaints and Claims: We strive to ensure your arrangements are delivered smoothly. However, there are times when problems arise while on tour. If the passenger is not satisfied with any aspect of their arrangements, they must immediately bring it to the attention of the Tour Manager, or 24/7 local emergency helpline number provided in your travel documentation so that they may use their reasonable endeavours to rectify the situation. Should the problem remain unsolved during the journey you should send email to your agent or us detailing the nature of the complaint as well as the effort you made to resolve the problem while on tour. Failure to complain at the time will affect the passenger’s ability to claim compensation. No complaint or claim will be considered if described procedures are not followed and the complaint is made after 28 days of the completion of the tour. 37. Liability Disclaimer: TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS (herewith called ‘the Company’) advises that passengers should familiarise themselves with the services, quality, location, terms and conditions of our suppliers such as hotel, transporter, airlines before making a booking. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS will not be held responsible and will be excluded from liability for any loss, damage, omission or acts being negligent or otherwise committed by the suppliers of transportation vehicles, hotels, restaurants or attractions used in connection with the tours. While the Company will use its best endeavours to operate all tours as advertised, reasonable changes in the itinerary or services may be made without notice where deemed necessary or advisable by the Company. No refund will be made for any unused services which are included in the tour price. The information detailed in the Company brochure range, including pricing, is correct to the best of the Company’s knowledge at the time of print. The Company, however, accepts no liability for innocent inaccuracies contained herein or loss incurs due to force majeure. 38. Privacy and Consent: Personal information is collected to process your booking and also to keep you up to date with other TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS product and information which may be of interest to you. You give us permission to use your tour picture and video in the brochure, advertising material or website to support the authenticity of the tours and services. You can email us not to use your image by advising us at the time of booking and also can opt-out of receiving information at any time if you choose to do so. Any personal information you provide will be managed in accordance with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS’ privacy policy which can be viewed at our website. 39. Force Majeure: “Force Majeure” means any event which TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. This includes but is not limited to war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease or contamination, natural disaster, industrial or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, high or low water level, fire, change in law, any jurisdiction or territory relevant to the booking contract, which includes changes in statute, regulation, determination, by-law, declaration, licence and the common law as applicable from time to time. In the case of force majeure, TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS will not accept liability and reserve the right to change and cancel the trip. 40. Consular Advice: We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the latest Government Consular advice and information before making a booking and prior to departure by calling or visiting websites of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


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