TAJ MAHAL EXPERIENCE
After disembarkation from the ship in Cochin, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi.
Upon arrival at Cochin airport, you will receive boarding passes and proceed through security. Your bags will be transported to the airport in a separate truck for an advance check-in. Snacks will be served onboard the plane.
Upon arrival in Delhi, enjoy a 3 ½ hour scenic drive to Agra. (Box lunches will be distributed). Later, arrive at the Jaypee Palace Hotel and check-in.
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.
After some leisure time 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.
After the show, a buffet dinner will be served at the hotel and you can spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Agra.
Rise early in the morning to enjoy refreshments and rolls before departing by coach to the Taj Mahal to experience the colors, hues and serenity of this magnificent building at sunrise. After your visit, you will return to the hotel to enjoy a buffet breakfast.
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 breakfast drive into the Indian countryside to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the red sandstone former capital of the Mughal empire. According to legend, Emperor Akbar, having no male heir made a pilgrimage to the town of Sikri to seek the blessings of the revered saint Shaikh Salim Chishti. The saint assured Akbar he would have three sons and when his prophecy was fulfilled the king was so overwhelmed that he built a city at Sikri. The city existed between A.D. 1571 up to 1585 and then became a ghost town, abandoned, possibly due to complexities with the water systems.
Upon completing your visit to Fatehpur Sikri, return to the hotel for lunch.
Later in the afternoon, you may choose one of the following options:
A) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 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) 2:00 pm onwards Hourly shopping shuttle to the Marble inlay factory and local markets.
C) Hotel activity
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. At the hotel, Agra's leading astrologer will be available for consultation. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the Oceania Cruises hospitality desk.
At 4:30pm depart to revisit the Taj Mahal at sunset. The monument appears to change its hue, tinted by the glow of the setting sun.
Later in the evening, a buffet dinner will be served and you may spend the rest of your evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Agra.
After an early buffet breakfast at the hotel, proceed to check out of the hotel and board your transfer vehicle back to the Delhi airport. Upon arrival at the airport, guests will receive boarding passes and proceed through security and then onto the plane. Lunch is served `aloft', with juices, water and soft drinks.
Upon arrival in Goa, drive directly back to the ship. Your luggage will be transferred to the ship in a separate truck.
Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and flights indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
Day 1 Sunday, April 13th, 2014
4:30am Arrive alongside in Cochin.
5:00am Disembark and board the bus for your transfer to the Cochin Airport. Baggage will be collected and sent in a separate truck to the airport for pre-check in.
6:15am Arrive at the airport. Receive boarding passes and proceed through security
7:25am Air India’s scheduled flight (# AI 466) departs for Delhi. Breakfast with refreshments will be served “aloft”.
10:25am Arrive in Delhi and board your bus for the transfer to Agra. Packed lunch boxes with soft drinks will be distributed on the bus.
11:00am Drive 3.5 hours to Agra
2:30pm Arrive in Agra and check in to your hotel.
6:45pm Classical “Kathak” dance performance
7:30pm Dinner at your hotel
Overnight at the Jaypee Palace Hotel or similar
DAY 2 Monday, April 14th, 2014
5:45am Tea/ coffee / juices and rolls are served in the hotel lobby
6:00am Visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise
8:00am Return to the hotel for breakfast
9:30am After breakfast, drive 45 minutes to visit Fatehpur Sikri
12:30pm Return to the hotel for lunch on own
2-4:00pm a) proceed to visit the Agra Fort
2-4:00pm b) on the hour shopping shuttle to the Marble Inlay Factory and the local market
2-4:00pm c) hotel activity -Agra's leading Astrologer will be available for consultation
4:30pm Revisit the Taj Mahal at sunset
7:30pm Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at Jaypee Palace Hotel or similar
DAY 3 Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
6:00am Early breakfast is served at the hotel
8:00am Check out and drive to Delhi airport
11:00am Arrive at the airport, receive boarding passes and proceed through security
12:15pm Indigo Airlines scheduled flight (# 6E 329 ) departs for Goa. Lunch is served “aloft”
2:40pm Arrive in Goa and transfer to the port. A separate truck will be provided for the transportation of your luggage to the pier.
4:00pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship
Days are sunny and warm with temperatures between 86-95 degrees F (30 to 35 ºC). The evenings are pleasant with temperatures in the mid-70s F (23 to 25 ºC). Temperatures drop as the night progresses.
What to Bring:
Casual wear for the day. 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 and 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.
Light luggage is recommended for this 2-night trip. A maximum of one suitcase per person and one carry-on is allowed. The suitcase must not weigh more than 15kg (33 lbs.) due to flight restrictions. If your luggage exceeds this allowance, it will be subject to the fees imposed by the airline.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
It is essential to have a valid Indian visa and your passport.
Jaypee Palace Hotel in Agra or similar
"2 nights accommodation at the Jaypee Palace Hotel in Agra or similar. Meals will include mineral water/soft drinks and beers.
"Transfers, sightseeing and road journeys Delhi - Agra - Delhi as indicated in the itinerary using air-conditioned deluxe buses with accompanying guides. Soft drinks/mineral water will be provided in the buses.
"Camera/video charges at the Taj Mahal and the other monuments.
"Kathak dance performance
"Internal airfare for scheduled flights
"Alcohol, mini-bar consumption in the rooms, spa treatments, personal laundry, telecommunications and any other items of a personal nature including gratuities or meals not listed above.
Flights (subject to change):
Cochin to Agra:
8:50am Jet Airways scheduled flight (# TBA) departs for Delhi
Delhi to Goa:
12:15pm Air Indigo's scheduled flight (#TBA) departs for Goa
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.
$1,799 Per Guest