Print This Page

India's Golden Triangle with Varanasi

8 Days from $2,575 per person

| Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Embark on a spiritual interlude with India. Candle-lit rituals on the River Ganges, palaces, forts and tombs, a riot of color and vibrancy around every corner—your exploration of India's Golden Triangle and centuries-old heritage takes you through the sandstone and marble halls of the Amber Fort and the exquisite Taj Mahal.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Delhi (2 Nights)

    Embrace the vibrant energy of Delhi, the capital of India. On arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel where this evening you'll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetizers.

    Dining: Welcome Reception
    Hotel: Sheraton New Delhi
  • Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing

    We dive into culture this morning, embarking on an exhilarating rickshaw ride around Old Delhi. We'll view the UNESCO-listed Red Fort—its towering red sandstone palace walls considered to be the most opulent of the Mughal Empire, followed by a visit to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Our next stop at Chandni Chowk to see first-hand how its merchants spend their day trading enthusiastically. We continue along the ceremonial avenue Rajpath and past Parliament House and India Gate, commemorating the Indian soldiers who died during WWI. After lunch in a local restaurant, we'll head to the district of New Delhi, where we'll visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun's Tomb to admire its magnificent Persian-style façades of white marble and red sandstone. Then it's on to another UNESCO-listed site, Qutub Minar, the world's tallest brick minaret. Our evening is at leisure.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 3: Delhi - Varanasi (2 Nights)

    Embark on a pilgrimage to the sacred city of Varanasi, located on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Immerse yourself in its spiritual surrounds, exploring the city's role as the center of Hindu religion, before escaping to the countryside and make a difference with a visit to Rameshwar village. Dive into culture and witness first-hand how all local activities are aimed at sustainable livelihood and community empowerment whilst ensuring the economic growth of the under-privileged. Observe local women making papad and pickles, doing embroidery or making saris which they sell to the local markets. Visit the village school and the Shanti Dham Ashram, a Catholic prayer center for the Christian society living in Varanasi. Feed your soul as you cruise down the River Ganges to witness the ritual of Aarti, watching as the delicate diya laden with a candle and tiny blooms floats in a magical train down the river. Return to our hotel for dinner.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel: Radisson
  • Day 4: Varanasi Sightseeing

    Admire the pink light of sunrise appear over the River Ganges, watching the sights and sounds of Varanasi stir slowly along the banks of the river. Observe the locals taking their morning bath in the holy water while worshipping the rising sun. Then, return to your hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to Sarnath, one of the four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. Explore the spectacular collection of Buddhist artifacts dating back to the 3 BC and see the Lion Capital of Ashoka with its inverted lotus carving, adopted as the national emblem of India. Return to your hotel for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast
  • Day 5: Varanasi - Agra

    Take a short flight to Agra to delve into the imperial history of the Mughal Empire and India's Golden Age. Visit the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort this afternoon, gaining insight into the heritage, rituals and traditions of the dynasty that ruled here until the 17th century. As you drive through the city's crowded streets, connect with its vibrant spirit and witness local life first-hand. Enjoy dinner at your hotel and consider joining an Optional Experience.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel: Double Tree by Hilton
  • Day 6: Agra - Jaipur (2 Nights)

    Rise with the birds, embarking on a spiritual encounter with the magnificent UNESCO-listed Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Watch as the white alabaster marble of this monument of love glows pink and gold at the first hints of sunrise, admiring the flawless architecture that took 18 years and over 20,000 craftsmen to complete. Return to your hotel for breakfast, then depart for Jaipur, the Pink City and gateway to the colorful state of Rajasthan. This evening, we connect with locals, joining a local family for a Be My Guest dinner in their home.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Hotel: Hilton
  • Day 7: Jaipur

    Our first stop this morning sees us explore Jaipur's UNESCO-listed Amber Fort, one of the country's most exquisite examples of Rajput architecture. Marvel at its royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work, before returning to your hotel. En route, we'll enjoy a quick photo stop outside the Palace of Winds, whose latticed windows once revealed the outside world to the sheltered ladies of the royal household. This afternoon, we embark on a city tour including a visit to the ornate City Palace to see the seamless blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. Across the road from the palace is the UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar, featuring the largest sundial in the world. Later this evening, we'll join our fellow guests and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Day 8: Depart Jaipur

    Our spiritual encounter with India's Golden Triangle at its end, we take a transfer to Jaipur airport for our onward flight or travel to Delhi by coach, departing at 10:00 a.m. and arriving in Delhi at approximately 4:30 p.m. The coach will drop off at Delhi International Airport and the post-night airport hotel, the Pride Plaza.

    Dining: Buffet Breakfast

Price Includes

Meal Summary

7 buffets breakfast, 2 lunches, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Dive into Culture

  • Take a rickshaw tour around the Old Delhi.
  • In Varanasi, visit the rural life and observe the locals taking a morning bath in the holy water at the River Ganges

Make a Difference

  • At Rameshwar Village, you'll discover the 'Learn and Earn' program which helps to raise the economic and social status of local rural women.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours of Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur
  • Visit the Jama Masjid, the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar in Delhi, Sarnath near Varanasi, the Agra Fort, the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Amber Fort, City Palace Museum in Jaipur
  • View the Palace of Winds in Jaipur

Dates and Prices

All dates and prices subject to change. Please see for the latest discounts and departure information for this tour.
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Special Rate Solo Rooming
  • Gala Dinner
  • 2020 Departures
Start Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
21 Sep 19 28 Sep 19 $2,575pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
5 Oct 19 12 Oct 19 $2,925pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
19 Oct 19 26 Oct 19 $2,925pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2 Nov 19 9 Nov 19 $2,925pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
16 Nov 19 23 Nov 19 $2,925pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
30 Nov 19 7 Dec 19 checkmark $2,925pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Gala Dinner
21 Dec 19 28 Dec 19 $2,950pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2020 Departures
4 Jan 20 11 Jan 20 $2,850pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2020 Departures
25 Jan 20 1 Feb 20 $2,995pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2020 Departures
8 Feb 20 15 Feb 20 $2,995pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
22 Feb 20 29 Feb 20 $2,995pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
2020 Departures
7 Mar 20 14 Mar 20 $2,995pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Special Rate Solo Rooming
2020 Departures
21 Mar 20 28 Mar 20 $2,995pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
  • Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include a discount on standard single supplement.
  • Gala Dinner: Included at the hotel on this departure.
  • 2020 Departures: are subject to change of itinerary, price, discount and hotels.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $570 p.p.

Departure transfers are available to Jaipur Airport or take a complimentary coach transfer to Delhi.

Flights: Prices include internal airfare and taxes for flights from Delhi to Varanasi and Varanasi to Agra and are accurate as of 1st June 2018.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued upon entry to the country. 

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Mohabbat-E Taj Show

The Taj Mahal represents the finest example of Mughal architecture and the ‘Mohabbat-e-Taj’ show, with the backdrop of the largest replica of the Taj Mahal to date, brings to life this wonderful monument. Spend an enjoyable evening at the show and gain an insight into what life might have been like in those days. Discover the epic love story of the emperor Shah Jahan and Mumtaz in a typical Bollywood song and dance show, performed by over 80 talented artists dressed in lavish costumes.
Adult Price: $55