February 5 - February 24, 2025


Deserts, Castles and Palaces

Escorted By: Joan Pitman

20 Days

52 Meals


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A Land of Diversity and Contrasts

Untold personal wealth shares the land with abject poverty. Modern industry and commerce contrast with traditional lifestyles that are unchanged from centuries past. Modern transportation contrasts with ox carts and camel trains. This very special journey has been designed to showcase this diversity, stretching from the capital, Delhi, across the plains of Rajasthan to one of the world's most forbidding deserts. A definite highlight will be experiencing the Desert Festival in Jaisalmer. Designed for adventurous travellers, this journey is for individuals open to accepting and appreciating the cultural differences they will encounter.


India offers diverse cultural experiences but requires travellers to have an open mind to enjoy this unique environment. Travel conditions will be more challenging and sometimes facilities will be limited. Standards will also differ from those in Canada. Road traffic and conditions can be relatively chaotic and we will have a number of long travel (coach) days. Air quality, especially in the areas around Delhi, Agra and Jaipur can be poor. Accommodations range from deluxe to rustic heritage properties. Food should satisfy Canadian travellers (mostly buffets), but some dishes will be spicy. Due to the physical and cultural demands, members should be in good physical health and capable of handling their luggage, if needed.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the rich history and vibrant markets of Old and New Delhi
  • Wander through Rajasthan's markets on guided walks
  • Experience the Golden City of Jaisalmer
  • Overnight in a camp in the enchanting Thar Desert
  • Embark on a Jeep Safari to tribal villages and enjoy a camel ride among the dunes
  • Indulge in a Royal Dinner at Khas Bagh
  • Cruise to the Lake Palace on Lake Pichola, Udaipur
  • Share a dinner with a local family in Jaipur
  • Explore the ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit Agra, the city of love, to marvel at the magnificent Taj Mahal and Agra Fort

Inclusive Features

  • Return economy group airfare between Canada and New Delhi
  • Accommodations in carefully selected first-class resorts plus heritage hotels as indicated or similar
  • 52 meals included as shown in the itinerary (B - 17 breakfasts, L - 17 lunches, D - 18 dinners)
  • Services of your Canadian journey leader plus a professional English speaking tour guide in India
  • All gratuities, surcharges, taxes and fees for included services
  • India visa fee for Canadian passport holders
  • Airport transfer in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare


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Have any questions? Contact Joilyn at jdoucette [at] craigtravel.com or call 1-800-387-8890

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Tour Cost in Canadian Dollars Per Person

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Final payment is due October 31, 2024. Deposit is $800 per person.

Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Refer to inclusive features for details. Land-only clients join and leave the group at the hotels in Delhi. Tour price is based on sharing a twin-bedded room. Prices are based on a minimum of 15 members and on rates, taxes and fees effective March 2024. Airfare, air carrier, and prices are estimated and subject to change due to factors beyond our control.

Note: Visas are required to visit India. The estimated cost of an e-visa is included for Canadian passport holders. In some instances, individuals may be required to obtain their own visa, however, assistance will be provided.

Insurance is NOT INCLUDED but is highly recommended. Premiums are calculated based on the individual’s age, destination (country), trip length, and trip booking window – please contact our staff to receive a quote. Your coverage starts on the effective date of your confirmation of coverage. Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Check our website for the most current information. Refer to the enrollment form for terms and conditions.

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We go to great lengths to ensure the physical comfort of our members, providing excellent accommodations, delicious cuisine, comfortable transportation, and more. At the same time, we encourage them to embrace and engage with local customs.

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All of our tours are carefully planned to provide a comfortable pace, quality accommodations, in-depth sightseeing, and fully inclusive pricing. We encourage you to compare our offerings with other tours available. Check to see exactly what is included and what extras you may be required to pay.

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Almost all Craig Tours and Cruises include all prepaid costs, encompassing airfare and related taxes, hotel accommodations and/or cruise expenses with taxes and service fees, most meals as described for each departure, sightseeing with entrance fees, gratuities for included services (such as guides, drivers, hotel staff, porters), and even airport transfers. For those residing in southern Ontario, we provide transfers between your home and the airport in most areas, while other passengers receive a special credit or an overnight stay at an airport hotel, depending on the circumstances.

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While taxes and fees are included in our prices, they always remain subject to change. Consequently, we may need to collect supplements to cover tax and fee increases that cannot be absorbed.