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Explore the lands of India and it's hidden gems with this 23-night adventure of its iconic landmarks, architecture and cultures, alongside an ultra-luxury cruise with Crystal Cruises.

Begin with a flight to Delhi, where you will stay overnight at a 5* hotel and explore the city at your leisure - discovering the difference of Old Delhi and New Delhi first-hand.

The next day, start your six-day Golden Triangle tour with a flight to Jaipur. Here, you will stay overnight with a chance to explore the first planned city in India, as well as an evening visit to the Birla Temple.

On your second day, head to Amber where you will visit the Amber Fort, before returning to Jaipur where you can spend the afternoon sightseeing landmarks such as the Palace of Winds, Jantar Mantar and the City Palace.

Next, drive to Ranthambhore for another overnight stay and visit Ranthambhore Fort and Lord Ganesha Temple, followed up by a jungle safari the next day.

From Ranthambhore, drive to Agra with a stop en-route to Fatehpur Sikri - a magnificent ancient city. In Agra, enjoy an evening visit to the majestic Agra Fort. The next morning, you can enjoy a spectacular sunrise visit to the iconic Taj Mahal - one of the most famous buildings in the world. Afterwards, drive to Delhi where you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy an afternoon sightseeing places such as the Jama Masjid Mosque, Raj Ghat, Red Fort and experience a rickshaw ride through the busy Chandi Chowk.

Embark on-board Crystal Symphony the next day for your 16-night luxury cruise to ports including Mumbai, Cochin, Colombo, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Disembark here and fly back to the UK.

14 November 2020 Fly to Delhi
Fly from the UK to Delhi, where you will transfer to a 5* hotel for a one-night stay.
Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Enjoy the day at your leisure.
15 November 2020 Golden Triangle Tour - Day One
Fly from Delhi to Jaipur where you will begin your tour of the Golden Triangle.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in.
Jaipur: Planned by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, Jaipur holds the distinction of being the first planned city of India. The story goes that in 1876, the Prince of Wales visited India on a tour. Since the colour pink was symbolic of hospitality, Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink. The pink that colours the city makes for a marvellous spectacle to behold.
Evening visit to Birla Temple and enjoy evening Aarti ceremony. The Birla Temple is sited under the foot of Moti Dungri Fort in Jaipur. The original name of temple is Lakshmi Narayan temple. This temple is finely connected to Hindu religion. It is completely devoted to Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi. The main centre of attraction of Jaipur is the Birla Temple. This temple is dipped into the white marble. Overnight stay at the hotel.
16 November 2020 Golden Triangle Tour - Day Two
From Jaipur, visit Amber, ancient capital of the Rajput Empire, with its magnificent palaces and temples dominated by the stronghold of Amber Fort. Make the final part of the climb by elephant or jeep to marvel at the Royal Halls and the stupendous views from the ramparts. Amber was the bastion of the Kachwahas of Amber, until the capital was moved to the plains, to what is today Jaipur.
The palace, located in craggy hills, is a beautiful melange of Hindu and Mughal styles. Raja Man Singh I began construction in 1592 and the palace, which was built as a strong, safe haven against attacking enemies, was completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh.
This afternoon enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Jaipur, introducing the 'Palace of the Winds', the City Palace and the amazing astronomical observatory built by the city's founder Jai Singh II. Hawa Mahal: The Palace of Winds was constructed in 1799 by the poet-king Sawai Pratap Singh. The five-storied structure is made of pink sandstone and has 356 intricately carved jharokhas (windows). It was designed for the women of the royal family to sit in privacy while observing life on the street).
City Palace: Located deep within the walled city, the City Palace Complex was conceived and built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of Jaipur. A beautiful fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the palace is still home to the last ruling royal family which lives in a private section of the palace.
Jantar Mantar: The Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is considered to be the largest of the five astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. It contains fourteen geometric devices, designed to measure time, track celestial bodies and observe the orbits of the planets around the sun. Overnight stay at the hotel
17 November 2020 Golden Triangle Tour - Day Three
Post breakfast, drive to Ranthambhore where you will check-in at your next hotel. Post-lunch visit the Ranthambhore Fort and Lord Ganesha Temple, before enjoying dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
18 November 2020 Golden Triangle Tour - Day Four
Spend your day enjoying a jungle safari by shared canter. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available at the hotel, where you will stay overnight.
19 November 2020 Golden Triangle Tour - Day Five
After breakfast, drive to Agra with a stop en-route to visit Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified ancient city, 40km west of Agra, was the short-lived capital of the Mughal empire between 1571 and 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Akbar visited the village of Sikri to consult the Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. When the prophecy came true, Akbar built his new capital here, including a stunning mosque – still in use today – and three palaces for each of his favourite wives. The city was an Indo-Islamic masterpiece, but erected in an area that supposedly suffered from water shortages and so was abandoned shortly after Akbar’s death.
Upon arrival in Agra, you will be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Agra a city in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state is home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631. Set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by four minarets, the imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones.
Agra Fort was built by Akbar in Red Sandstone when he was through with the consolidation of his power after accession to power in 1654, Agra Fort worked both as a military strategic point as well as the royal residence. Evening visit to majestic Agra Fort then stay overnight at your hotel.
20 November 2020 Golden Triangle Tour - Day Six
Early this morning, proceed to enjoy a sunrise visit of the Taj Mahal, built as a monument by the grief-stricken Shah Jahan after the death of his beloved third wife. The Taj Mahal is the epitome of Mughal art and one of the most famous buildings in the world. After breakfast, drive to Delhi where you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and in many empires for about a millennium. This afternoon, a guided tour of the Old Delhi, visiting Jama Masjid Mosque and Raj Ghat, Gandhi's cremation site, with a drive by the Red Fort, and a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Overnight at the hotel.
21 November 2020 Delhi
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then transfer from the hotel to Delhi Airport for your flight to join Crystal Symphony.
22 November 2020 Bombay/Mumbai (India)
Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra (India is a Federal Republic) and is the most populated city in the country. Originally made up of a group of seven islands, as far back as the 3rd century B.C. it formed part of the Maurya Empire ruled by the Buddhist emperor Ashok. Its first inhabitants were probably Buddhist monks and some historical remains still exist today from this period (320-184 B.C.). In the following centuries Hindu fishermen known as Koli settled here, calling their settlement “Mumbai”, and so Buddhism made way for Hinduism.
23 November 2020 Cruising The Arabian Sea
24 November 2020 Cochin
Discover the amazing contrasts of this cosmopolitan, Portuguese-founded city with its lovely colonial architecture, Dutch-style palaces, historic churches, the Jewish quarter and huge Chinese fishing nets. Or explore tranquil canals by boat and see ancient villages, exquisite scenery, plantations and temples. See Indian cotton made in traditional fashion and more.
25 November 2020 Cruising the Arabian Sea
26 November 2020 Colombo
Colombo is a chaotic, bustling and very busy city, a melting pot of the different ethnic groups and religions that make it such a multicultural city. The largest group is the Buddhist Sinhalese, which explains the presence of numerous Buddhist temples such as the Gangarama with its myriad statues and the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara. The Tamils have also influenced the architecture of the city with their numerous Hindu temples known as Kovils. The Kathiresan temple is dedicated to Skanda, the god of war, whilst the Sri Kailasanathar Swami Devasthanam temple located near Fort railway station is one of the oldest Hindu temples and is dedicated to the goddess Shiva and the god Ganesh. However there is also plenty of western influence in evidence: the Dutch Governor’s banqueting hall was transformed into St. Peter’s Church in 1804 whilst the Dutch Period Museum, which contains historical documents and exhibits relating to the Dutch colonial period.
27 November 2020 Cruising the Bay Of Bengal
28 November 2020 Cruising the Andaman Sea
29 November 2020 Yangon
30 November 2020 Yangon
01 December 2020 Yangon
02 December 2020 Cruising the Andaman Sea
03 December 2020 Phuket
Located 867 km from Bangkok in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. With an area of 534 km2 (slightly larger than Malta), it is generally a fairly flat island with a few isolated hills, although the western part has a chain of mountains that run from north to south reaching a peak of 529 m above sea level at Mai Tha Sip Song. 70% of the island is covered by forest.
04 December 2020 Penang
05 December 2020 Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang)
06 December 2020 Singapore
This multifaceted city will captivate you as soon as you leave your hotel. A visit to Gardens by the Bay is essential; a place where the natural world and towering, man-made Supertrees live in perfect harmony. Singapore Botanic Gardens offers even more natural respite from the city’s main thoroughfare, while the highlight of this city is, undoubtedly, your included Night Safari; an unforgettable multi-sensory wildlife experience.
07 December 2020 Fly back to the UK
Take a private transfer to Singapore airport for a flight back to the UK.

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Highlights
  • See the amazing sights of India with a six-night guided tour of India's Golden Triangle
  • 16-night luxury cruise aboard Crystal Symphony
WHAT´S INCLUDED
  • Flights
  • Private overseas transfers
  • One-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Delhi
  • Six-night guided tour of India’s Golden Triangle including luxury hotel stays in Jaipur, Agra and Delhi
  • 16-night ultra-luxury, all-inclusive cruise
  • EXCLUSIVE up to $1200 free to spend on-board per couple
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
£5749
Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
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Penthouse with Veranda
£8989
Penthouse Suite
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