Taj Mahal: The Eternal Masterpiece
DAY 1 - December 7th, 2016
After an early disembarkation from the ship in Mumbai, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Refreshments and snacks will be served on the flight.
Upon arrival in Delhi you will board a coach and drive via the Yamuna Expressway to Agra. This is a scenic drive with visas of India’s rural farming countryside. The farther you drive, the more India’s vast countryside reveals its beauty. (Packed lunch boxes with soft drinks and water will be served on the bus)
As India’s premier city in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra became a great center for learning, art, commerce and culture. Today, it is more famous as the site of the white marble Taj Mahal, perhaps the world’s greatest monument to love, certainly for a mausoleum.
On arrival into Agra you will proceed directly to visit the Taj Mahal Monument for sunset.
The Taj Mahal, with its lacy white grandeur, is one of the world’s most recognized monuments. In memory of his wife, the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan planned this extravagant and incomparable monument, built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, the monument is even more astounding close up, where the fine details can truly be appreciated.
After some leisure time back at the hotel, enjoy a Kathak classical dance performance in the hotel ballroom. This dance arose from the fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultures during the Mughal era, and is characterized by rhythmic footwork, spectacular spins, mime and gestures that dramatically represent themes from Persian poetry and Hindu mythology.
A buffet dinner follows the dance performance, after which you will overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel or similar hotel.
Day 2 December 8th, 2016
Discover the monumental Taj Mahal at dawn. Tea, Coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby, prior to your departure. The magical and monumental Taj Mahal is a place of serenity at this time of morning.
Back at the hotel you will enjoy breakfast and then you can decide how you wish to spend the next few hours. The options are:
(A) 10:00am – 12:30pm Visit the Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site credited to Emperor Akbar, India’s great 16th-century visionary. Founded during his reign, this red sandstone fortress encompasses fairy-tale palaces, great halls and two beautiful mosques. Several of the buildings are made of pure marble adorned with artistic carvings.
(B) 10:00am – 12:30pm Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the old city. This was the first Mughal structure pioneering the extensive use of “pietra dura”, the inlay work of marble so characteristic of the Taj Mahal. The skillfully patterned surface of the tomb is exquisite.
(C) 10:00am onwards Hourly shopping shuttle to the marble inlay factory and local markets.
(D) 10:00am – 12:30pm Agra’s leading astrologer is available for consultation. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the hospitality desk.
A buffet lunch will be served at the hotel before your departure for Delhi.
In the afternoon you will check out and drive via the Yamuna Expressway to Delhi and check in at
the Oberoi Hotel or similar hotel.
Dinner will be served at the hotel where you will spend the evening at your leisure.
DAY 3 December 9th, 2016
You will have an early wake up call today in order to get to the Delhi Airport for your flight to Mangalore (via a brief stop at the Mumbai Airport). After a light continental breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport, collect your boarding passes and proceed through security. Breakfast will be served on the flight.
Upon arrival in Mangalore you will be transferred to the port and re-board the ship.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. This program is subject to flight confirmations which are beyond our control. All program details including timings and any flights indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Final itineraries with the most up to date details will be provided by the Destination Services Team once you board the ship. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.
5:30am Disembark ship and proceed to the airport. Baggage will be collected and sent in a separate truck to the airport for pre-check in.
6:15am Arrive at the airport and check-in
7:50am Air Indigo’s flight to Delhi departs (Airline and flight time subject to change) Lunch will be served “aloft”
10:00am Arrive in Delhi and transfer to your coach for the drive to Agra. (Packed lunches with soft drinks and water will be served on the bus)
10:30am Depart for Agra (4.5 hour journey)
3:00pm Arrive in Agra and proceed directly to the Taj Mahal for sunset
5:00pm Depart the Taj Mahal for your hotel
6:45pm Classical Kathak dance performance
7:30pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel or similar hotel
5:45am Tea, coffee, juices are served in the lobby
6:00am Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
6:00am Breakfast is available at the hotel from 6am onwards for anyone who does not wish to visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
8:30am Return to the hotel and have breakfast
10-12:30 (a) Tour Agra Fort
10-12:30 (b) Visit the Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in the Old City
10-onwards (c) Shopping shuttle on the hour to the marble inlay factory and local markets
10-12:30 (d) Hotel Activity – Agra’s leading astrologer is available for consultation
Buffet lunch at the hotel
2:00pm Check out and drive to Delhi
6:00pm Arrive in Delhi and check in at your hotel
7:30pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at the Oberoi Hotel or similar hotel
AM Tea, coffee, juices and rolls served in the lobby prior to departure
5:30am Luggage is collected in advance and loaded onto the luggage van
6:00am Transfer to the Delhi Airport
6:30am Arrive at the Delhi Airport and check in
8:00am Air India’s flight to Mangalore with a brief stop in Mumbai (flight details TBA and subject to change). Breakfast will be served “aloft”
12:15pm Arrival in Mangalore. Transfer to the pier. Luggage will be sent ahead in a luggage truck.
1:30pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship
Days are sunny and warm with temperatures between 73-77 degrees F (23 to 25ºC). The evenings are pleasant with temperatures in the upper 50’s F (13 to 15 ºC). Temperatures drop as the night progresses.
What to Bring:
Casual wear for the day. Please bring a sweater or jacket for the early mornings and evenings. Also, important is sun block, hat, shades and comfortable walking shoes. As the Taj Mahal is also a mausoleum, certain religious customs must be observed. As a token of respect, it is customary to remove your footwear before entering. Ladies should avoid wearing tank tops or any top with thin straps as well as short shorts. Knee-length shorts are acceptable for men and women.
Indian Rupee, available in denominations of 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.
1 U.S. dollar is approximately INR 60.
220 – 240 volts. Hotel rooms are equipped with converters. Adaptors are available at the hotel on a first come first served basis. It is always better to travel with your own just in case.
Light luggage is recommended for this 2-night trip. A maximum of one suitcase per person and one carry-on (max 7kg / 15 lbs) is allowed. Your suitcase must not weigh more than 15kg (33lbs.) due to flight restrictions. If your luggage exceeds this allowance, it will be subject to the fees imposed by the airline – payable at the airport during check in.
Airline and type of aircraft:
Air India, Airbus 320 (subject to change)
Indigo Airlines, Airbus A320 (subject to change)
All economy class seats
Documents and Visa Requirements:
It is essential to have a valid Indian Visa and your passport.
ITC Mughal Hotel , Taj Ganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282-001
Fatehabad Road, Agra, 282 004
Phone: 91 562 402 1700
The Oberoi New Delhi Hotel
Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi, 110003, India
Phone: 91 11 243 63030
Please note: If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
1 night at the ITC Mughal Hotel including dinner, breakfast and lunch (deluxe room)
1 night at the Oberoi New Delhi including dinner and breakfast(deluxe room)
Beer, mineral water and soft drinks included during lunches and dinners
Mineral water onboard the busses at all times
Packed lunch on Day 1 and buffet lunch on Day 2
Applicable entrances, camera/video fees at the Taj Mahal and the other monuments
Kathak dance performance in Agra
Fortuneteller for consultation
Economy-class airfare from Mumbai - Delhi and Delhi - Mangalore (via Mumbai)
Program Does Not Include:
Items of a personal nature
Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service
Gratuities to drivers and guides
Any meals or beverages not listed above.
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.