Best of India Guided Tour
11 Days
1 Country

India

7 Cities

Delhi, Agra, Bharatpur, Ranthambore, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Varanasi

20 Meals

5 Dinners, 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Farewell Dinner

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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This spiritual encounter with the Ganges and sacred Varanasi brings India’s popular Golden Triangle, the rugged wilderness of Ranthambore and centuries-old celebrated traditions to life.

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Day 1

Welcome to Delhi

India's vibrant capital extends a lively welcome, launching an unforgettable journey through northern India’s most exquisite sights. On arrival in Delhi, you'll be transferred to your hotel where you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner this evening.

View of The Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi, India
Accommodation Le Meridien New Delhi
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Discover the Delights of Old Delhi

Savor the scents of spice as you embark on an exhilarating rickshaw ride, navigating the busy streets of Old Delhi. See the Red Fort, a sandstone fortress which once housed the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for centuries.

Next, Dive Into Culture as you ride through the colorful Chandni Chowk market and watch it come to life as the day's trading begins amidst the sounds of enthusiastic salesmen and endless traffic. Visit Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Admire its ornate façades before boarding a waiting vehicle to drive to Raj Ghat, a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Pay tribute to this beloved figurehead, who led the campaign for India’s independence from Britain. You’ll come face-to-face with the site where he was cremated following his assassination in 1948. Today the simple square platform of black marble is surrounded by a tranquil park, befitting of its status as a place of contemplation.

Your next stop is Agrasen Ki Baoli, one of the most noteworthy stepwells in Delhi. Hidden amidst the cacophony of Delhi’s streets and business towers, this ancient water reservoir rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. Spend a few moments of serenity amidst its centuries-old ornate arches before returning to your hotel for an afternoon of leisure or consider one of our Optional Experiences.

Red Fort, Delhi, India
Accommodation Le Meridien New Delhi
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Enjoy a Rickshaw ride through Delhi, India
Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride

Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi.

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Admire the marble details of Jama Masjid in Delhi, India
Visit Jama Masjid

Admire the red sandstone and marble details of Jama Masjid during your visit to one of the largest mosques in the country. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Visit Agrasen Ki Baoli in Delhi, India
Visit Agrasen Ki Baoli

Visit Agrasen Ki Baoli and take in the arched niches of this citybound step well. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Red Fort in Delhi, India
See the Red Fort

See Old Delhi's Red Fort. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the Lotus Temple in Delhi, India
Discover the Lotus Temple and Dilli Haat

Join your Travel Director for a visit to the Lotus Temple, an architectural marvel famous for its unique lotus structure which has won several awar...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

See the Sights of Delhi

This morning, embark on a guided walking tour to discover the work done by the Salaam Baalak Trust, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. This non-profit organization that aims to provide a caring environment for street children. Later, we'll walk through the bazaar of Paharganj, rubbing shoulders with the locals who flock to the market to shop everyday.

Escape the noise and head to New Delhi, designed and built by the British in the 1920s. Your first stop here is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb, the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. Recently renovated with the gardens restored to their former glory, you’ll see first-hand why it served as the inspiration for the design of the famous Taj Mahal. Enjoy local flavors for lunch at a restaurant near India Gate, then head to the Qutub Minar complex, also a UNESCO listed site. This fluted ‘Victory Tower’ is decorated with elaborate inscriptions, geometric carvings and elegant balconies.

Returning to your hotel later, drive past Lutyens' Delhi to view the elegant colonial façades leading British architect Edwin Lutyens left behind on the cityscape. You'll have the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join one of our Optional Experiences.

Food, Chicken Tikka in Delhi, India
Accommodation Le Meridien New Delhi
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Walking tour with a guide from the Salaam Baalak Trust in Delhi, India
Delhi Walking Tour with the Salaam Baalak Trust

The Delhi City Walk tour explores lesser-known attractions around Paharganj and New Delhi Railway Station, guided by a teenager at the Trust who on...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience India Gate in Delhi, India
New Delhi's Landmark Sites

During your orientation of New Delhi, visit Humayun's Tomb, and see India Gate and the Qutub Minar complex. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the Sunder Nursery and discover the stunning gardens in Delhi, India
Delhi's Heritage Park: Sunder Nursery

Visit the Sunder Nursery with a Local Specialist and discover the fascinating Biodiversity Zone as well as the stunning gardens inside the nursery ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Sunset at the Taj Mahal

It’s time to leave Delhi behind, bound for the Uttar Pradesh city of Agra. There are many reasons to love Agra and its own ‘monument to love’, the Taj Mahal, is perhaps the most captivating of all. Marvel at its elegant marble façades awash with the sunset's rose and golden hues. Admire this well-preserved landmark from all sides and take time to contemplate the magnificence of this man-made wonder before re-joining your fellow travelers.

This evening, you could choose to end a memorable day at an optional sound and light show prior to dinner.

Taj Mahal in Agra, India
Accommodation Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Agra
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Taj Mahal in Agra, India
See the Taj Mahal

View the Taj Mahal, known as one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Watch Mohabbat-E Taj Show in Agra, India
Mohabbat-E Taj Show

Spend a memorable evening getting to know the epic love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal in a thrilling Bollywood-style show. The 90-minute son...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

From the Taj to the Tigers

There’s more to Agra than the Taj Mahal as you’ll come to discover this morning during your visit to the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort. Stroll through the chambers of a 17th-century royal residence which served as the principal residence of the influential Mughal emperors until the capital was moved to Delhi.

Continue to the long-deserted ‘Ghost Town’ of Fatehpur Sikri, built at great expense by Emperor Akbar in 1569 only to be abandoned soon afterwards due to a lack of water. The city remains beautifully preserved, albeit with an air of melancholy – a rusty-red sandstone masterpiece devoid of inhabitants.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Bharatpur. Then, appreciate first-hand a quintessential travel experience in India as you board a train bound for Ranthambore, where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

Ladies in Saris, Agra Fort, India
Accommodation Anuraga Palace Hotel Ranthambore
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Fort in Agra, India
Agra Fort Visit

Inside Agra’s red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audiences halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Gate of Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, India
Visit Fatehpur Sikri

See the imposing gate to the Jama Masjid and gain insight into life in Fatehpur Sikri, now a deserted ''ghost town.''

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Trafalgar Difference
Anuraga Palace Hotel

Jaskaur Meena, a farmer and an educationist took a courageous decision to enter into the hospitality sector and started the first hotel business in...

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Trafalgar Difference

Day 6

Roam Ranthambore in Search of Tigers

Start the day with an early morning visit to Ranthambore National Park, which was once the hunting ground of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Before the heat of the day sets in and the wilderness awakens, keep a keen eye out for the resident animals and birdlife that find sanctuary here. Have your camera ready in case the park’s tigers make a brief appearance.

Return to your hotel for a late breakfast, followed by some time to relax, or to join an Optional Experience. After lunch there’s another opportunity to explore the park for a glimpse of the various species of bird and wildlife on your second game drive of the day. Dinner is served at your hotel.

Tiger in Ranthambore, India
Accommodation Anuraga Palace Hotel Ranthambore
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iconic Experience Tigers in Ranthambore, India
Tour Ranthambore National Park

Tour Ranthambore National Park for a chance to glimpse the resident animals and birdlife. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Interact with local women working at the Dhonk Textile Studio in Ranthambhore, India
Save the Tigers: The Dhonk Initiative, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience

Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience, interact with local women who produce indigenous handicraft at the Dhonk Textile Studio, and take the opport...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Onwards to Jaipur

Continue your journey to Jaipur, the Pink City. After some free time for lunch, join a workshop on hand-block printing, one of the most famous traditional art forms of Rajasthan. A Local Specialist will show you the tricks of the trade as you observe how the prints are handmade using small wooden blocks and hone your own block-printing skills.

Later, Dive Into Culture and see the talents of local craftspeople on display during a visit to a local market. Admire the colorful textiles and perhaps buy a memento or two to take home. Jaipur is particularly renowned for its embroidery and blue pottery.

This evening, join a local family for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in their home and savor some of the regional delicacies.

Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, India
Accommodation Hilton Jaipur
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Dive Into Culture Visit a local market in Jaipur, India
Jaipur Local Market Visit

Visit a local market in Jaipur.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Be My Guest Dinner with a local family at their home in Jaipur, India
Dine with a local family in Jaipur

Savor dinner with a local family at their home in Jaipur.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Block Stamp in Jaipur, India
Block-Printing in Jaipur

Learn the traditional art of block-printing with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 8

Explore Colorful Jaipur

One of today's highlights is a visit to the UNESCO-listed Amber Fort. But first, stop to admire the red and pink façades of the Palace of Winds, whose latticed windows once revealed the outside world to the sheltered ladies of the royal household.

Continue with a visit to the ornate City Palace, an impressive complex of buildings from different eras and gardens in the heart of the Old City. Enjoy some time for lunch before visiting the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar Observatory, featuring the world's largest sundial. Later, perhaps join our optional Aarti ceremony, offering a blessing to one of the Hindu deities and hopefully receiving one in return.

This evening, we'll toast to shared memories over a delicious local Farewell Dinner with those guests ending their journey in Jaipur.

Women at water tank in Jaipur, India
Accommodation Hilton Jaipur
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Iconic Experience Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, India
Jaipur Orientation

During an orientation of Jaipur, visit the Amber Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Watch Aarti Ceremony at the Birla Temple in Delhi, India
Aarti Ceremony at the Birla Temple

Experience India’s rich spirituality at the Birla Mandir, one of the most famous temples in Jaipur, dedicated to the Hindu Gods Lord Vishnu and God...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Venutre to Varanasi

Depart Jaipur this morning and board your included flight to embark on a pilgrimage to the sacred city of Varanasi to explore the city's role as the center of Hindu religion. There’s a palpable sense that life begins and ends on the shores of Ganga Mata (Mother Ganges), but local spirituality extends beyond the sacred waters of the river. The city is also renowned for its ancient temples and old ghats that lead down to the river. You’ll see all this and more, but first there’s free time for lunch before the sightseeing.

Next, experience a rural way of life during a walk around Weavers Village, where a Local Specialist reveals the centuries-old silk weaving tradition. Your visit during this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience will help the community’s efforts to keep this extraordinary tradition alive. You'll see first-hand how the talented weavers create beautiful silk fabrics. These are used to make the famous Banarasi silk saris, highly sought after for weddings and other special occasions.

Later this evening, feed your soul as you cruise down the River Ganges to witness the ritual of Aarti. Watch as the delicate diya, laden with candles and tiny flowers, float down the river. After this poignant ritual, return to the hotel for dinner.

Deepak in Ganges River, Varanasi, India
Accommodation Hotel Madin Varanasi
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit Weavers Village and discover the centuries-old silk weaving tradition, Varanasi, India
Learn about Silk Weaving in Varanasi

At Weavers Village discover the community's efforts to keep the centuries-old silk weaving tradition alive.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Priests doing Aarti Ritual in Varanasi, India
Traditions of the Ganges

Cruise down the Ganges and delve into local tradition as you witness the ritual of Aarti. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 10

Witness Local Life Along the Ganges

Admire the changing light as the sun rises over the Ganges, and the sights and sounds of Varanasi come to life along the banks of the river. Observe locals taking their morning bath in the holy water and worshipping the rising sun. Afterwards explore the city on foot, the best way to immerse yourself in the day-to-day of the oldest living city of the world. You’ll have an opportunity to visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi's main temple. Demolished and rebuilt many times over its history, the temple is a sight to behold with its towering spire and domes made of pure gold. Return to your hotel for breakfast and some free time. Perhaps choose to join our Optional Experience to watch a live performance of Indian classical dances known as Kathak.

This afternoon, visit Sarnath, one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Explore the spectacular collection of Buddhist artefacts dating back to the 3rd century BC and see the Lion Capital of Ashoka with its inverted lotus carving, adopted as the national emblem of India. Continue to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

River Ganges in Varanasi, India
Accommodation Hotel Madin Varanasi
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Ganges River, Varanasi, India
Morning Boat Ride

As the sun rises over Varanasi, view the banks of the River Ganges come to life during a morning boat ride.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Sarnath Temple Varanasi, India
Varanasi Heritage Walk

During your brief orientation of the city, visit some of the famous temples. You'll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a Kathak dance performance in India
Kathak Dance Performance

Take a stroll with your Travel Director to a nearby dance center for a live performance of the Indian classical dance Kathak, organised especially ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Farewell Varanasi

Your spiritual and cultural encounter with India at its end, it's time to bid farewell to Varanasi. Take a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Ganges River Sunset Cruise Varanasi, India
Included Meals Breakfast

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Dive Into Culture
Old Delhi Rickshaw Ride

Take a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Jama Masjid

Admire the red sandstone and marble details of Jama Masjid during your visit to one of the largest mosques in the country. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Agrasen Ki Baoli

Visit Agrasen Ki Baoli and take in the arched niches of this citybound step well. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Red Fort

See Old Delhi's Red Fort. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Delhi Walking Tour with the Salaam Baalak Trust

The Delhi City Walk tour explores lesser-known attractions around Paharganj and New Delhi Railway Station, guided by a teenager at the Trust who on...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
New Delhi's Landmark Sites

During your orientation of New Delhi, visit Humayun's Tomb, and see India Gate and the Qutub Minar complex. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See the Taj Mahal

View the Taj Mahal, known as one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Agra Fort Visit

Inside Agra’s red sandstone fortress, witness the fairytale palaces, audiences halls and mosques of the Mughal rulers. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Fatehpur Sikri

See the imposing gate to the Jama Masjid and gain insight into life in Fatehpur Sikri, now a deserted ''ghost town.''

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Anuraga Palace Hotel

Jaskaur Meena, a farmer and an educationist took a courageous decision to enter into the hospitality sector and started the first hotel business in...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Tour Ranthambore National Park

Tour Ranthambore National Park for a chance to glimpse the resident animals and birdlife. 

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Jaipur Local Market Visit

Visit a local market in Jaipur.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Dine with a local family in Jaipur

Savor dinner with a local family at their home in Jaipur.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Block-Printing in Jaipur

Learn the traditional art of block-printing with a Local Specialist. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Jaipur Orientation

During an orientation of Jaipur, visit the Amber Fort, City Palace and Jantar Mantar Observatory. 

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Learn about Silk Weaving in Varanasi

At Weavers Village discover the community's efforts to keep the centuries-old silk weaving tradition alive.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Traditions of the Ganges

Cruise down the Ganges and delve into local tradition as you witness the ritual of Aarti. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Morning Boat Ride

As the sun rises over Varanasi, view the banks of the River Ganges come to life during a morning boat ride.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Varanasi Heritage Walk

During your brief orientation of the city, visit some of the famous temples. You'll also visit Sarnath, where Buddha first taught the Dharma.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi
Visit Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar in Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Ranthambore National Park, Amber Fort and the City Palace in Jaipur and Sarnath
View the Palace of Winds in Jaipur
See the Red Fort, Parliament House and India Gate in Delhi

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Discover the Lotus Temple and Dilli Haat

Join your Travel Director for a visit to the Lotus Temple, an architectural marvel famous for its unique lotus structure which has won several awar...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Delhi's Heritage Park: Sunder Nursery

Visit the Sunder Nursery with a Local Specialist and discover the fascinating Biodiversity Zone as well as the stunning gardens inside the nursery ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mohabbat-E Taj Show

Spend a memorable evening getting to know the epic love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal in a thrilling Bollywood-style show. The 90-minute son...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Save the Tigers: The Dhonk Initiative, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience

Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience, interact with local women who produce indigenous handicraft at the Dhonk Textile Studio, and take the opport...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Aarti Ceremony at the Birla Temple

Experience India’s rich spirituality at the Birla Mandir, one of the most famous temples in Jaipur, dedicated to the Hindu Gods Lord Vishnu and God...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kathak Dance Performance

Take a stroll with your Travel Director to a nearby dance center for a live performance of the Indian classical dance Kathak, organised especially ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across India: The official language of India is Hindi. Hindi is one of the 22 officially recognized languages of India and is widely spoken across the country. It serves as the primary language for communication, government, education, and media in many parts of India. In addition to Hindi, India recognizes several other regional languages as official languages at the state and union territory levels. These include Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Odia, Malayalam, Punjabi, Assamese, Maithili, and others, depending on the respective states and regions.
  • Currency used in India: The currency of India is the Indian Rupee (₹).
  • Capital City:: The capital of India is New Delhi.
  • Time Zone(s) in India: Indian Standard Time (IST)

 

India passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.
  • Visa Requirement: A Tourist Visa is required to enter India. Learn more about obtaining a visa for India.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

India has a diverse range of climates due to its size and varied topography. In general, India experiences a tropical monsoon climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons. The country has four major seasons: winter (December to February), summer (March to May), monsoon (June to September), and post-monsoon (October and November). The weather varies significantly across different regions, with the northern parts experiencing cold winters and hot summers, while the coastal areas have a more moderate and humid climate. The monsoon season brings heavy rainfall to most parts of the country, crucial for agriculture but can also lead to flooding in some regions. India's climate is also influenced by the Himalayan mountain range in the north, which creates cooler temperatures and alpine conditions in higher elevations.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits for Asia Tours

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10." For internal flights within Asia tours, there is generally a 44-lb luggage allowance.

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

When going on a guided tour of Asia, it's essential to pack smartly to ensure you have all the necessary items without burdening yourself with excessive luggage. Here's a limited packing list that covers the basics for your trip:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • A pair of comfortable walking shoes or sandals for exploring.
  • Lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm and humid weather. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and one or two long-sleeved shirts for cooler evenings or places with mosquitos.
  • A light sweater or jacket for cooler climates or air-conditioned spaces.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: A compact travel umbrella or a lightweight, packable rain jacket.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.

Miscellaneous:

  • A lightweight and foldable day bag to carry essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A small phrasebook or language app for basic communication when you're out exploring on your own (without your Travel Director)
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Consider the specific cultural norms and dress codes of the countries you visit to ensure respectful attire. Adapt this packing list to your specific needs and the duration of your trip, and you'll be well-prepared for your guided tour of Asia!

Electricity

Most Asian countries run on 220-240 volts at 50Hz AC (Alternating Current) electricity. However, there are some exceptions in certain regions. Here are some voltage variations for specific countries or regions in Asia:

  • Japan: Japan uses 100 volts at 50Hz in eastern Japan (including Tokyo) and 100 volts at 60Hz in western Japan (including Osaka). It's essential to check the voltage requirements for the specific area you will be visiting.
  • Malaysia: Malaysia uses 230 volts at 50 Hz.

Always verify the voltage and frequency for the particular country you'll be visiting, as using incompatible devices can lead to damage or malfunction. If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to Asia, you will likely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Here's what you need to know:

  • Voltage Converter: American appliances designed to run on 110 volts may not function properly or could be damaged if connected directly to the higher voltage in Asian countries. A voltage converter (or voltage transformer) will allow your devices to work safely.
  • Plug Adapter: The physical shape of electrical outlets in Asian countries may also differ from those in the United States. You'll need a plug adapter to match the American-style plug with the outlets in the destination country.

It's essential to check the voltage and plug type requirements for the specific Asia country you plan to visit, as they might vary slightly from one country to another. Some modern electronic devices, like laptops and smartphones, are often designed to handle a wide range of voltages, so they might only require a plug adapter. 

Before your trip, verify the compatibility of your appliances and devices. You can find this information on the labels or tags of your electronics or in the user manuals. If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a qualified electrician.

We suggest buying an adapter with a voltage converter to help reduce the number of things you have to pack. Additionally, it's essential to get any required adapters or converters for your electronic devices before embarking on your guided tour and bringing them along. It's crucial to be cautious when using electrical devices in foreign countries, as using incorrect voltage or plugs without the right adapters can cause damage to your devices or even pose a safety hazard.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

In many hotels across Asia, hairdryers are commonly provided in guest rooms or available upon request. However, the availability and quality of hairdryers can vary depending on the hotel's star rating, location, and amenities.

It is important to keep in mind that the voltage of the hair dryer provided by the hotel will match the local electrical standards of the country where it is located. If you would like to use your own hair dryer, you will need a voltage converter (transformer). Before using your hair dryer or any electronic device, it is essential to verify voltage compatibility and use the appropriate plug adapter if necessary. Although many modern hair dryers are designed to be dual voltage, meaning they can work on both 110 volts and 220-240 volts, it is always recommended to double-check the label or user manual to be sure.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is common in hotels across Asia, especially in urban and tourist areas. As Asia experiences diverse climates and varying temperatures, air conditioning has become a standard feature in most hotels to provide comfort to guests, especially during hot and humid weather.
  • However, the availability of air conditioning can vary based on the type of accommodation and the specific location within each country. Some hotels in Asia may have energy-saving initiatives, which could include setting temperature limits on air conditioning during certain hours. This is especially true for eco-friendly or environmentally-conscious hotels.

Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your transportation is as comfortable as it can be.

Coach travel on Asia Tours

  • Asia tour vehicles do not have Wi-Fi on board
  • There are no onboard restrooms -  there are regular rest stops.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling to Asia on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers heading to Asia:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

Personal Medications: Bring an ample supply of any prescription medications you require, along with a copy of your prescriptions. Keep them in their original containers. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Vaccinations: While there are no vaccine or testing requirements, travelers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date. Commonly recommended vaccinations for travelers to Asia may include:

  • Routine Vaccinations: These include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
  • Hepatitis A and B: These protect against food and waterborne diseases.
  • Typhoid: Another vaccine to guard against food and waterborne illnesses.

Malaria Prevention: Malaria is present in some parts of Asia, especially in rural or forested areas. Consult with your healthcare provider about the appropriate antimalarial medications and mosquito bite prevention measures (e.g., insect repellents, mosquito nets) for your specific destinations.

Insect Bite Prevention: Protect yourself from insect bites, as they can transmit diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Use insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to reduce the risk of bites.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid climates, to prevent dehydration.

Hand Hygiene: Carry hand sanitizers and use them frequently, especially before eating or after touching surfaces in public places.

Respect Local Customs: Be aware of and respect local customs and traditions, as some practices may have health implications.

Avoid Street Food if Unsure: While trying local cuisine is a highlight of travel, be cautious about eating from street vendors or in places with questionable hygiene standards.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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