The Real Deal Vacation package to India includes airfare from New York City (JFK) on Air India; one night in New Delhi at The Park Hotel; two nights at The Gateway Hotel in Agra; two nights at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Jaipur; all intra-India ground transportation; daily breakfast buffet and a farewell dinner; an extensive sightseeing program including entrance fees and the services of English-speaking tour guides; a guided city tour of New Delhi with stops at Connaught Palace, Gandhi's Memorial, the Jamma Masjid Mosque, the Red Fort, Birla Temple, India Gate, Parliament House, and Presidential Palace; a tour of the Taj Majal in Agra; a visit to an ancient abandoned city with preserved red sandstone palaces; a guided trip to The Pink City of Jaipur and Amber Fort, an ancient Rajasthan capital city; from $1,399 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When May 20, Aug. 5, Sept. 3, 2013 ($1,399); add $100 for Aug. 26, Sept. 23, 2013; add $300 for Nov. 7, 21, 2013, Jan. 16, Feb. 13, Mar. 6, 2014.
Gateways New York City ($1,399); add $200 for Chicago.
The Fine Print Vacation package reflects the cash discount price ($1,399). Call SmarTours to reserve and send a $300 non-refundable check deposit within seven days to confirm your spot. Remaining balance is due 75 days prior to departure. Package price does not include $30 Delhi Airport Development Fee (paid separately upon departure from India) or India Visa fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $299. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Apr. 25, 2013 ($1,399).
Contact SmarTours, 800/337-7773, smartours.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between New York and New Delhi starts at $1,170 in late May (Virgin Atlantic). Add to that $114 per person including taxes for one night at The Park Hotel, $134 per person including taxes for two nights at The Gateway Hotel, and $166 per person without taxes for two nights at the Holiday Inn Hotel, and you're already spending $1,584 on airfare and accommodations alone. For $185 less, this travel package gives you airfare and five nights in three Indian cities, plus ground transportation between them, daily breakfast and a farewell dinner, a comprehensive sightseeing program including entrances fees and the services of an English-speaking tour guide, as well as all taxes and fees.
More SmarTours also offers a separate escorted package to India and Nepal, with stops in New Delhi, Agra, the Taj Mahal, Jaipur, Varanasi, Khajuraho, and Kathmandu, from $2,799 per person for 12 nights.
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