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Escorted Tours

Essence of North India including

Kerala Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Ranthambore
  • Jaipur
  • Delhi
  • Kerala
  • London

4 NIGHTS from €548pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy Kovalam's stunning beaches
  • City tour of Old and New Delhi
  • Spot Bengal Tigers in Ranthambore National Park
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Taj Mahal
  • See the City Palace in Jaipur
  • Visit the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial
  • Tour the courtyards of the Red, Agra & Amber Forts
  • Rickshaw ride through Old Delhi

Extension from €548pp

Tour + Extension from €1779pp

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Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay

Extend your tour with a relaxing beach stay in the Indian State of Kerala. Relax in the popular resort of Kovalam, known locally as the paradise of the south, amongst the coconut groves for which the town is famous.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Delhi

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Delhi International Airport.

2
Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, a short tour of the beautifully planned city of New Delhi will follow. Offering you a taste of its imperial glory, you'll drive past the India Gate, President's House, Parliament Building and visit the Birla Temple, made purely out of 2,000 tons of Rajasthani white marble.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Delhi

A full day tour of Delhi commences after breakfast, beginning with the historic Old Delhi in the morning. Lying side by side, Old Delhi dates back to the Mughal period, whilst New Delhi was built just over a hundred years ago. Travelling through the narrow and crowded streets on a rickshaw will transport you back in time, passing vibrant food markets of Old Delhi where bread makers bake delicious scented naan from the tandoor ovens and chai wallahs brew their sweet tea. A visit to the regal Red Fort gives you a sense of the lavish life once led by the former rulers before stopping for lunch in a local restaurant. Your tour will continue on to New Delhi to see the Mahatma Gandhi memorial and the 12th century Qutab Minar. Built on the foundations of Jain and Hindu temples, the complex was built in 1193 after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom and displays fine examples of Indo-Islamic architecture as well as the tallest stone tower in India.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Delhi to Agra

After breakfast, you will be driven to Agra arriving at your hotel in time for lunch. Despite being a small city, Agra was once the capital of the mighty Mughal dynasty whose strength manifested itself in the huge forts and buildings built to maintain its power. During the afternoon, you will visit the vast red sandstone Agra Fort. The colossal walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Mughals in 1573 and boasts gigantic pavilions, grand palaces and spectacular courtyards.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Agra to Ranthambore

This magical day starts after breakfast with a tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. Words do not do this remarkable palace justice; it really must be seen to appreciate its stupendous beauty. Taking 17 years and 20,000 men to build, the heartbroken Mughal Emperor Shahjahan dedicated this stunning white marble monument of love to his deceased wife to enshrine her mortal remains. Following this, you will begin your journey to Ranthambore National Park where you will spend the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Ranthambore

Spread over 1,344 square kilometers, Ranthambore National Park is one of the biggest and most renowned national parks in Northern India. Once a famous hunting ground for the gallant rulers of Jaipur, today it is home to a variety of species including tigers, leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, jungle cats and many more. Depart your hotel for an early morning jungle safari where you may even be able to spot the elusive tiger. You will return to your hotel for breakfast and lunch with some leisure time where you can take advantage of the hotel's outdoor swimming pool. A second safari trip will follow in the afternoon to visit further areas of the park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Ranthambore to Jaipur

Today you will journey to the Pink City of Jaipur, which got its name from the distinctive earthy red-coloured buildings, painted to emulate the red sandstone architecture of the ancient Mughal cities. Lunch and dinner will be served at your hotel with the rest of the day as free time to relax or explore the largest city in Rajasthan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Jaipur

Begin your first day in Jaipur with a visit to the spectacular Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the royal family until 1728, located just 11km from Jaipur. Spanning over four huge courtyards, you will travel to the centre of the fort by either elephant or jeep, passing snake charmers, harems of the Maharajah and the Palace of Mirrors along the way which all make for a truly unforgettable morning. An afternoon city tour of Jaipur takes in the major sights including the home of the royal family of Jaipur - The City Palace and the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory. Lastly, marvel at the hundreds of tiny windows on the facade of the Hawa Mahal, known to many as the Palace of Winds, where it is said that the women of the royal family could once watch the streets below without being seen.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Jaipur to Delhi

The morning is left free so that after breakfast you can visit some of the local bazaars and stalls for some last minute shopping. Try the M1 Road and Chaemeliwala market for jewellery, handicrafts, textile and more, or wander the streets and sample the delicious and unique Rajasthani street food that Jaipur has to offer. You will then commence your return journey to Delhi, stopping for lunch on the way. A final farewell dinner in Delhi will bring your tour to a close, celebrated by a cultural dance show to round

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Delhi to Kovalam

Transfer to the airport for your flight from Delhi to Kerala. Transfer to your chosen hotel to commence your beach stay.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
112
Kovalam

Enjoy relaxing by the beautiful beaches of Kovalam.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
12
Kovalam to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight home via Delhi.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for entry into India. British Citizen Passport Holders will need to obtain an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) for travel to India. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £96 per person. The Travel Visa Company can only apply for this 30 days before your proposed travel date and takes around 10 working days to issue. It is only valid for a 30 day single entry stay from the date of arrival. When calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of any changes to the fees or the procedure, they will also advise you of all information they will require in order to apply for the visa.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

All flights are operated by Jet Airways from London Heathrow to Delhi International Airport. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 55cm x 35cm x 25cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Sri Lanka. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in these destinations, should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Therefore, it is very important that you budget carefully.

The currency in Kerala is the Indian Rupee (RS). The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Kerala. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in these destinations, should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Therefore, it is very important that you budget carefully.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2018 Dates
04 Sep 201817 Sep 2018€592€1455€2047
11 Sep 201824 Sep 2018€604€1589€2193
18 Sep 201801 Oct 2018€592€1679€2271
25 Sep 201808 Oct 2018€693€1701€2394
02 Oct 201815 Oct 2018€693€1746€2439
16 Oct 201829 Oct 2018€693€1780€2473
23 Oct 201805 Nov 2018€693€1757€2450
30 Oct 201812 Nov 2018€671€1757€2428
06 Nov 201819 Nov 2018€693€1903€2596
07 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€671€1880€2551
13 Nov 201826 Nov 2018€693€1757€2450
20 Nov 201803 Dec 2018€693€1780€2473
27 Nov 201810 Dec 2018€693€1757€2450
2019 Dates
08 Jan 201921 Jan 2019€660€1623€2283
15 Jan 201928 Jan 2019€660€1623€2283
22 Jan 201904 Feb 2019€660€1623€2283
29 Jan 201911 Feb 2019€660€1645€2305
05 Feb 201918 Feb 2019€660€1679€2339
12 Feb 201925 Feb 2019€660€1724€2384
19 Feb 201904 Mar 2019€660€1735€2395
26 Feb 201911 Mar 2019€660€1735€2395
05 Mar 201918 Mar 2019€660€1645€2305
12 Mar 201925 Mar 2019€660€1645€2305
19 Mar 201901 Apr 2019€660€1645€2305
26 Mar 201908 Apr 2019€604€1612€2216
02 Apr 201915 Apr 2019€604€1567€2171
16 Apr 201929 Apr 2019€604€1533€2137
30 Apr 201913 May 2019€604€1488€2092
07 May 201920 May 2019€604€1455€2059
21 May 201903 Jun 2019€604€1343€1947
28 May 201910 Jun 2019€604€1231€1835
04 Jun 201917 Jun 2019€592€1119€1711
11 Jun 201924 Jun 2019€604€1343€1947
18 Jun 201901 Jul 2019€604€1455€2059
25 Jun 201908 Jul 2019€604€1488€2092
03 Sep 201916 Sep 2019€604€1511€2115
10 Sep 201923 Sep 2019€604€1567€2171
17 Sep 201930 Sep 2019€604€1679€2283
01 Oct 201914 Oct 2019€693€1757€2450
15 Oct 201928 Oct 2019€693€1780€2473
22 Oct 201904 Nov 2019€693€1791€2484
05 Nov 201918 Nov 2019€693€1903€2596
19 Nov 201902 Dec 2019€693€1791€2484
03 Dec 201916 Dec 2019€693€1791€2484
2018 Dates
04 Sep 201817 Sep 2018€637€1455€2092
11 Sep 201824 Sep 2018€648€1589€2237
18 Sep 201801 Oct 2018€626€1679€2305
25 Sep 201808 Oct 2018€727€1701€2428
02 Oct 201815 Oct 2018€727€1746€2473
16 Oct 201829 Oct 2018€727€1780€2507
23 Oct 201805 Nov 2018€783€1757€2540
30 Oct 201812 Nov 2018€760€1757€2517
06 Nov 201819 Nov 2018€783€1903€2686
07 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€783€1880€2663
13 Nov 201826 Nov 2018€805€1757€2562
20 Nov 201803 Dec 2018€805€1780€2585
27 Nov 201810 Dec 2018€805€1757€2562
2019 Dates
08 Jan 201921 Jan 2019€783€1623€2406
15 Jan 201928 Jan 2019€783€1623€2406
22 Jan 201904 Feb 2019€783€1623€2406
29 Jan 201911 Feb 2019€783€1645€2428
05 Feb 201918 Feb 2019€783€1679€2462
12 Feb 201925 Feb 2019€783€1724€2507
19 Feb 201904 Mar 2019€749€1735€2484
26 Feb 201911 Mar 2019€749€1735€2484
05 Mar 201918 Mar 2019€749€1645€2394
12 Mar 201925 Mar 2019€749€1645€2394
19 Mar 201901 Apr 2019€749€1645€2394
26 Mar 201908 Apr 2019€660€1612€2272
02 Apr 201915 Apr 2019€660€1567€2227
16 Apr 201929 Apr 2019€660€1533€2193
30 Apr 201913 May 2019€660€1488€2148
07 May 201920 May 2019€660€1455€2115
21 May 201903 Jun 2019€660€1343€2003
28 May 201910 Jun 2019€660€1231€1891
04 Jun 201917 Jun 2019€660€1119€1779
11 Jun 201924 Jun 2019€660€1343€2003
18 Jun 201901 Jul 2019€660€1455€2115
25 Jun 201908 Jul 2019€660€1488€2148
03 Sep 201916 Sep 2019€660€1511€2171
10 Sep 201923 Sep 2019€660€1567€2227
17 Sep 201930 Sep 2019€660€1679€2339
01 Oct 201914 Oct 2019€760€1757€2517
15 Oct 201928 Oct 2019€760€1780€2540
22 Oct 201904 Nov 2019€828€1791€2619
05 Nov 201918 Nov 2019€839€1903€2742
19 Nov 201902 Dec 2019€839€1791€2630
03 Dec 201916 Dec 2019€839€1791€2630
2018 Dates
04 Sep 201817 Sep 2018€548€1455€2003
11 Sep 201824 Sep 2018€559€1589€2148
18 Sep 201801 Oct 2018€559€1679€2238
25 Sep 201808 Oct 2018€581€1701€2282
02 Oct 201815 Oct 2018€592€1746€2338
16 Oct 201829 Oct 2018€592€1780€2372
23 Oct 201805 Nov 2018€592€1757€2349
30 Oct 201812 Nov 2018€581€1757€2338
06 Nov 201819 Nov 2018€592€1903€2495
07 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€581€1880€2461
13 Nov 201826 Nov 2018€592€1757€2349
20 Nov 201803 Dec 2018€592€1780€2372
27 Nov 201810 Dec 2018€604€1757€2361
2019 Dates
08 Jan 201921 Jan 2019€604€1623€2227
15 Jan 201928 Jan 2019€604€1623€2227
22 Jan 201904 Feb 2019€604€1623€2227
29 Jan 201911 Feb 2019€604€1645€2249
05 Feb 201918 Feb 2019€604€1679€2283
12 Feb 201925 Feb 2019€604€1724€2328
19 Feb 201904 Mar 2019€604€1735€2339
26 Feb 201911 Mar 2019€604€1735€2339
05 Mar 201918 Mar 2019€604€1645€2249
12 Mar 201925 Mar 2019€604€1645€2249
19 Mar 201901 Apr 2019€604€1645€2249
26 Mar 201908 Apr 2019€559€1612€2171
02 Apr 201915 Apr 2019€559€1567€2126
16 Apr 201929 Apr 2019€559€1533€2092
30 Apr 201913 May 2019€559€1488€2047
07 May 201920 May 2019€559€1455€2014
21 May 201903 Jun 2019€559€1343€1902
28 May 201910 Jun 2019€559€1231€1790
04 Jun 201917 Jun 2019€559€1119€1678
11 Jun 201924 Jun 2019€559€1343€1902
18 Jun 201901 Jul 2019€559€1455€2014
25 Jun 201908 Jul 2019€559€1488€2047
03 Sep 201916 Sep 2019€559€1511€2070
10 Sep 201923 Sep 2019€559€1567€2126
17 Sep 201930 Sep 2019€559€1679€2238
01 Oct 201914 Oct 2019€604€1757€2361
15 Oct 201928 Oct 2019€604€1780€2384
22 Oct 201904 Nov 2019€604€1791€2395
05 Nov 201918 Nov 2019€604€1903€2507
19 Nov 201902 Dec 2019€604€1791€2395
03 Dec 201916 Dec 2019€604€1791€2395
Travelling Alone?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however a single supplement must be paid on the add-on part of the tour.

Colombo Airport Closure 2017

Please note that if you are travelling on the Jewels of Sri Lanka, Secrets of Sri Lanka or Grand Tour of Sri Lanka main tours, Colombo Airport will be switching to nighttime operation in order to carry out refurbishment in early 2017. As a result, your extension may start a day later. If this is the case you will receive an extra evening meal in Sri Lanka prior to your flight in the evening. Your full itinerary and whether you are affected will be confirmed to you in writing post booking.

Alcoholic drinks

Please note that Kerala has strict laws regarding the governance of the sale of alcohol in public places including hotels and restaurants. The sale and consumption of alcohol is therefore often restricted in hotels, varying from one establishment to another. However, you may bring your own alcohol with you for private consumption in your room.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

18 °C / 41 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Delhi

Agra

Ranthambore

Jaipur

Kerala

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Michael White
30th May 2018

all hotels on used on the tour where great no complaints

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
E Hunt
31st Jan 2018

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Janet Strickson
16th Dec 2016

All hotels were very good standard although Turtle on the Beach in Kerala was the best, breakfast was great

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Lisa Wort
24th May 2016

Excellent hotels great staff

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Jacqueline Thurlow
8th Mar 2016

All Hotels were excellent, with food served being plentiful and varied.
Maids and housekeepers all good, Receptions at all hotels excellent.
WIFI provision was varied and sometimes poor but we were on holiday and usually escape from all of that anyway!
Customer Service team at the Uday Samudra were very attentive. Pool attendants very helpful as sunbeds were extremely solid and heavy to move.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
John Fellows
4th Nov 2015

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Keith Hanson
3rd Nov 2015

All hotels were first rate, especially theVivanta By Taj

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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