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14 days

from $2,623 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Meet with a local historian in Jaipur.
  • Cruise the backwaters of Kerala aboard a houseboat.
  • Meet with a local spice expert.
Itinerary

From top to bottom, India is incredible. Explore both northern and southern regions on a 14-day journey to India’s most iconic sites. Explore Rajasthan’s grand forts and palaces, discover new depths of relaxation on a houseboat in Kerala’s backwaters, and learn about traditional culture in the small village of Pachewar. Round out the experience with pilgrimages to the glorious Taj Mahal, the “Pink City” of Jaipur, and Kochi's fishing markets.

Day 1: Delhi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included through Women on Wheels, a G Adventures-supported project.

Day 2: Delhi/Āgra

Enjoy a youth-led walk through Delhi as part of the G Adventures-supported City Walk project. Later, explore Old Delhi with your CEO before an afternoon drive to Agra.

Day 3: Āgra

Spend the day visiting the highlights of the walled city of Agra including the famed Taj Mahal, Baby Taj, and Agra Fort.

Day 4: Āgra/Jaipur

Drive to Jaipur, visiting the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the village of Abhaneri, which has one of India's deepest and largest stepwells (tank gardens).

Day 5: Jaipur

Explore the "Pink City," known also as Jaipur, including the Amber Fort, City Palace, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds). Listen to a local historian/scholar discuss the spirituality, social fabric, customs, and traditions of India.

Day 6: Jaipur/Pachewar

Drive to the rural village of Pachewar where we stay in a heritage home. Exploring this traditional village is like stepping back in time. Walk and meet with locals and explore how urbanization affects village life, modernization and its benefits and disadvantages, as well as simple village customs and traditions.

Day 7: Pachewar/Delhi

Drive back to bustling Delhi. Opt to join your CEO for a group dinner.

Day 8: Delhi/Kochi

Fly to Kochi. In the evening, meet your South India CEO and some new group members.

Day 9: Kochi/Thekkady

Visit the Dutch Palace and Jewish Quarter of Kochi. After, travel to Thekkady, the spice capital of India, and visit spice and tea Plantation for a walk with a local expert to understand the medicinal value of Spices and the process of manufacturing of Tea.

Day 10: Thekkady

This morning, enjoy a boat ride on Periyar Lake to view bird and other wildlife of Periyar National Park. After, visit a local family home for a cooking demonstration and lunch. Relax this afternoon or opt to take a nature walk, before a Kalaripayatt (Kerala traditional martial art) performance at a local theatre.

Day 11: Thekkady/Kumarakom

Continue to Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Explore the rural backwaters and take a country boat to Manjira village, meeting local people and learning about coconut farming and rural life. Watch a toddy tapping demonstration and enjoy a taste of coconut water, fresh from the tree.

Day 12: Kumarakom

This morning, meet with a representative of the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Program to learn about the ongoing work by local communities to conserve the lake and surrounding wetlands. This project was created by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), an organization that National Geographic has collaborated with on many conservation projects across India over the past decade. Continue by boat to a fish sanctuary established by traditional fishermen through the program. Meet with some of the fishermen and see firsthand how their traditional ways of collecting and processing clams are models for the management of lake resources. Continue to explore Allepey, a golden streak of land surrounded by rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals, by private houseboat. Relax on the deck and enjoy the scenery, watching daily life take place along the water.

Day 13: Kumarakom/Kochi

Drive back to Kochi and take a walk in old Fort Kochi, including the fish market. This evening, attend the popular classical dance-drama of Kerala called "Kathakali," which combines literature, music, painting, acting, and dance.

Day 14: Kochi

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 03 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
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  • date 17 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,698 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Dec 2019 - 28 Dec 2019
  • double occupancy
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    $3,269 AUD Per Person
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  • date 05 Jan 2020 - 18 Jan 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $2,623 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,352 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Jan 2020 - 08 Feb 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $3,279 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,008 AUD Per Person

  • date 09 Feb 2020 - 22 Feb 2020
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
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  • date 23 Feb 2020 - 07 Mar 2020
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Mar 2020 - 21 Mar 2020
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Apr 2020 - 09 May 2020
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
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    $4,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
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    $4,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Sep 2020 - 10 Oct 2020
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
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    $4,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
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    $4,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 07 Nov 2020
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Nov 2020 - 21 Nov 2020
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 Nov 2020 - 05 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Dec 2020 - 19 Dec 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Dec 2020 - 02 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,279 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,008 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Jan 2021 - 23 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,279 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,008 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Jan 2021 - 06 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,279 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $5,008 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Feb 2021 - 20 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Feb 2021 - 06 Mar 2021
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Mar 2021 - 20 Mar 2021
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Apr 2021 - 17 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Apr 2021 - 24 Apr 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Sep 2021 - 02 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $2,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 03 Oct 2021 - 16 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $2,799 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,528 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Oct 2021 - 30 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 31 Oct 2021 - 13 Nov 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Nov 2021 - 27 Nov 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 05 Dec 2021 - 18 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $3,039 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $4,768 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Dec 2021 - 01 Jan 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $3,279 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,008 AUD Per Person

  • date 26 Dec 2021 - 08 Jan 2022
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $3,279 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $5,008 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), heritage hotel (1 nt).
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Private van/bus, auto-rickshaw, cycle-rickshaw, plane, boat.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet a Local Historian, Jaipur
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Local Village Immersion, Pachewar
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Spice Experience, Thekkady
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Family Cooking Demonstration, Thekkady
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Visit Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Program, Kumarakom
  • Your G for Good Moment: Women on Wheels Transfer, Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Your G for Good Moment: City Walk, Delhi
  • Tour of Old Delhi
  • Tour the Taj Mahal, the Baby Taj, and Agra Fort
  • Visit Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri step wells
  • Explore Jaipur
  • Walking tour of old Kochi
  • Visit a tea factory
  • Wildlife viewing on Periyar Lake
  • Kalaripayatt performance
  • Walking and boat tour of rural villages
  • Houseboat trip on the Kerala backwaters
  • Kathakali cultural performance
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $3,398

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.