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Luxury Arts tours

Contemporary Art of Japan
(12 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto


Arts & Crafts in England
(8 Days)
London, Cotswolds


Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 Days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona


Art & Temples of India
(18 Days)
Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mumbai (Bombay)


Art & Design of Mexico
(8 Days)
Mexico City, Oaxaca


Ceramics Tour of Japan
(17 Days)
Tokyo, Mashiko, Fukuoka, Imari & Arita, Hagi, Kurashiki, Imbe, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen


Art Tour of Berlin, Prague & Vienna
(9 Days)
Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Prague, Vienna


Italy for Art Lovers
(13 Days)
Rome, Assisi, Florence, Bologna, Ravenna, Padua, Venice, Milan


Traditional Portuguese Design
(5 Days)
Lisbon, Sintra


Aboriginal Art & Culture of Australia
(9 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land


Art Tour of France
(8 Days)
Paris & Versailles, Cote d'Azur


Art Tour of Switzerland
(8 Days)
Zurich, Winterthur, St. Gallen, Basel, Weil am Rhein, Bern, Geneva


Arts & Crafts of Burma
(9 Days)
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay


Dutch & Flemish Art Tour
(10 days)
Amsterdam, Haarlem, Leiden, Gelderland, The Hague, Delft, Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges


Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(15 days)
Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Kenmare, Killarney, Co. Clare (Dromoland Castle), Co. Mayo (Ashford Castle)


Art & Temples of India

(18 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mumbai

This is the ultimate private tour of India’s most compelling art, architecture and ancient religious sites. It features in-depth private touring, palace-style hotels and luxury resorts, and the best of Indian lifestyle, including galleries, boutiques and bazaars.

Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. During private touring, experience highlights such as Humayun’s Tomb, the Lodi Gardens, and a rickshaw ride through the bazaars of Old Delhi, as well as upscale shopping districts.

Next, visit Varanasi (Benares), one of the oldest cities in the world and, as the spiritual center of the Hindu world, a major Indian pilgrimage site. Watch as believers congregate on the ghats (stone steps) along the banks of the holy Ganges River to perform ritual ablutions. Visit local villages and explore Varanasi’s old town, with its ancient universities and renowned silk shops. Also, take an excursion to Sarnath, believed to be the site of the Buddha’s first sermon. If desired, visit master silk weavers and enjoy a private recital in the home of a local musician.

Continue to Khajuraho, one of India’s most renowned temple complexes, and stay nearby in a luxurious lodge in Panna National Park. With your private guide, tour centuries-old Hindu and Jain stone temples covered with sculptures depicting ancient myths, military conquests and erotic acts.

Transfer to Agra for a spellbinding visit to the Taj Mahal, the world’s greatest monument to love. Also visit Agra Fort and local markets. Stay in the lavish Oberoi Amarvilas in a room with an uninterrupted view of the Taj.

Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas (Hindu princes)—hill forts, palaces, an observatory, gardens, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions)—surrounded by stark desert. Ride an elephant to Amber Fort. Marvel at the luminous saris of indigenous tribal women and the bright turbans of Rajasthani men. Explore medieval backstreets and browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, woodblock prints, perfume, jewelry and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.

Spend three nights in Udaipur, India’s most romantic city, among the grand interiors and courtyard gardens of the palatial Oberoi Udaivilas. Cruise Lake Pichola and walk through picturesque backstreets, taking in views of local villages and the surrounding hills and lakes. Tour the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, Saheliyon Ki Bari garden and local bazaars. One day, enjoy an excursion to the gorgeous, fresco-covered Juna Mahal palace, or to the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur.

Next, visit Ajanta and Ellora, two ancient religious complexes filled with extraordinary art. With your local specialist guide, tour Ajanta’s extensive Buddhist cave temples and monasteries, which are filled with sculptures and paintings. At Ellora, tour spectacular Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples carved from basalt cliffs.

The tour concludes with two nights in exciting Mumbai (Bombay), India’s economic capital and the home of the Bollywood film industry. Tour the city’s cultural attractions, bazaars and most interesting neighborhoods, and take a private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 2

Delhi

Full-day private tour of Old & New Delhi
Day 3

Delhi – Varanasi

Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Private city tour, excursion to Sarnath and private aarti ceremony
Day 4

Varanasi

Full-day private tour
Day 5

Varanasi – Khajuraho

Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Private tour of temples
Day 6

Khajuraho

Full-day private tour of temples
Day 7

Khajuraho – Agra
Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights

Day 8

Agra

Full-day private tour of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, artisan workshops and other attractions
Day 9

Agra – Jaipur

Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Private tour of Fatehpur Sikri en route. Private afternoon touring and shopping
Day 10

Jaipur

Full-day private tour, including elephant ride to Amber Fort
Day 11

Jaipur – Udaipur

Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights. Private afternoon tour, including cruise on Lake Pichola
Day 12

Udaipur

Full-day private tour
Day 13

Udaipur

Private excursion to Jain Temples in Ranakpur or Juna Mahal in Dungarpur
Day 14

Udaipur – Aurangabad

Transfer and flights. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Day 15

Ajanta & Ellora Caves

Full-day private tour of Ajanta & Ellora Caves
Day 16

Aurangabad – Mumbai

Transfer and flight. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon private city tour
Day 17

Mumbai

Full-day private tour, including boat ride to Elephanta Island
Day 18

Depart Mumbai

Private airport transfer

Hotels
Delhi: The Imperial New Delhi
Varanasi: Nadesar Palace
Khajuraho: Pashan Garh Lodge (in Panna National Park)
Agra: Oberoi Amarvilas
Jaipur: Rambagh Palace
Udaipur: Oberoi Udaivilas
Aurangabad: Taj Residency, Aurangabad
Mumbai: The Taj Mahal Palace or The Oberoi Mumbai

Cost
$13,420 Per Person (double occupancy)
Optional surcharge for regional business class flights (when available): From $1,325 per person
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The Imperial, New Delhi The Taj Mahal, Agra Silk saris Khajuraho City Palace, Jaipur Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

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