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26 Day Inspiring India, Sri Lanka & The Maldives Premium Small Group Tour

26 Day Inspiring India, Sri Lanka & The Maldives Premium Small Group Tour

This tour includes return international airfares. See the Fine Print section for further details.

Airfares
Included

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
Small Group Tour
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✓ Return international airfares included
✓ Small group tour, with no more than 16 travellers
✓ Incredible sightseeing including Old and New Delhi, the stunning golden city of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur's majestic Mehrangarh Fort, Udaipur – the City of Lakes, the little visited Jain Temples at Ranakpur, iconic Taj Mahal, Jaipur's Amber Fort and Palace of the Winds, historical Galle Fort and Sigiriya, a famous train ride through Sri Lanka’s tea plantations, animal searching in Yala National Park and many more
✓ 21 nights in central 4 and 5-star accommodation
✓ 3 nights in the Maldives staying at the stunning Adaaran Resort
✓ Daily breakfasts, lunch and dinner, including alcoholic drinks & soft drinks during your stay at Adaaran Club Rannalhi
✓ Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
✓ Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide in both India & Sri Lanka
✓ International flight from Colombo to Malé
✓ Return speedboat transfers from Velana International Airport to Kaafu Atoll
✓ Comfortable, dedicated, air-conditioned transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

What we love about this tour

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Itinerary

Hotel
Hyatt Centric Janakpuri or Similar

Welcome to Delhi. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building, after which you will be transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 1500 hours.

The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind and relax in the comforts of your hotel.

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Hotel
Hyatt Centric Janakpuri or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and proceed on a guided tour of Old and New Delhi. 

Arriving in Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort; visit Raj Ghat, the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Hop onto a local metro and travel with local Delhiites to and from Chandni Chowk. Enjoy a short walk through the narrow bylanes – full of legends and historic tales of Shahjahanabad. Visit quaint shops with incredible wares from food stalls to jewelry.

Later in the afternoon, get ready to explore imperial Delhi. Drive past the imposing India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Parliament buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan (the President’s residence). End the tour with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed tomb of Emperor Humayun. The tomb was the first garden tomb in the Indian subcontinent, a wonderful example of early Mughal architecture.

Hotel
Mandawa Desert Resort or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After an early breakfast, we depart towards Mandawa (245 km, approx 7 hrs).
On arrival, check in to your hotel and take some time to relax and freshen up. Known for its forts and havelis, Mandawa is a cultural reminder of a bygone era. Later this afternoon, explore the beautiful havelis, painted predominantly in vibrant colours with beautiful paintings that adorn their walls in this semi-desert region.

Hotel
Gajner Palace Heritage Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We continue deeper into the desert today to Bikaner (250 km, approx 5.5 hours).
Upon arrival, enjoy a walking sightseeing tour of Bikaner. Stroll around the local bazaars of Bikaner and visit one of the most interesting forts in Rajasthan, with its sumptuously decorated interiors. Junagarh Fort, built in 1588 by Raja Rai Singh, is unusual in the sense that it was one of the few major forts of Rajasthan not built on a hilltop. Instead, it was built on the open desert plains; the fort's rugged sandstone bastions, graceful pavilions and balconies are silhouetted against the sky.

Continue to Gajner where we check into our iconic heritage hotel for the night.

Hotel
Hotel Rawalkot or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Another big day of travelling sees us arriving at the iconic desert walled city of Jaisalmer. (300km, approx. 6.5 hrs)

Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer founded by Rao Jaisal. The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid picture of sheer magic and brilliance of the desert. Commanding Jaisalmer Fort, etched in yellow sandstone, stands with all its awesome splendour dominating the amber-hued city. The city is famous for its fort, sand dunes, and ideal for camel rides and safaris. Check into your hotel and relax.

Hotel
Hotel Rawalkot or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning, enjoy an in-depth tour of Jaisalmer. Start at the stunning Jaisalmer Fort. Built in 1156, the fort stands proudly amidst the golden stretches of the great Thar Desert. Located on the top of the Trikuta Hill, the ramparts, bastions and the long-stretching walls dazzle during early morning and at sunset. Continuing on to Gadsisar Lake, adorned with an arched gateway, many small shrines and temples are festooned all around the lake. Relax by the pool back at the hotel or keep exploring this magical city.

Optional Tour - Jaisalmer Desert Camel Ride

Afternoon, drive to the outskirts of Jaisalmer, to witness the spectacular sunset on the sand dunes. 

Experience the endless stretch of sands in the Thar desert and the ethereal magic of a stunning sunset as you drive out of Jaisalmer to visit one of its most panoramic sites-the golden sand dunes. Wind-caressed slopes are marked with ripples creating a mesmerising mirage, a visual impression of extraordinary splendour. 

Get the real feel of the desert as you embark on a camel back for a ride to the sunset point and witness the sun setting in the backdrop of the barren yet beautiful shifting sands of the dunes, an unforgettable and magical spectacle.

Start: 3:30pm
End: 7:00pm

Inclusions: returns transfers, local guide, camel ride

Hotel
Park Plaza Jodhpur or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to the blue city of Jodhpur (300 km, approx. 7 hrs).  Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

This afternoon, head out to tour the iconic Blue City. Start at Jaswant Thada, a white marble memorial to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The cenotaph was built in 1899, followed by the royal crematorium and three other cenotaphs that stand nearby. There is some beautiful marble lattice work and fine views from the terrace.

Continue with a visit to magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, one of Rajasthan's finest forts looking down protectively over the city. Owned and operated by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, this majestic 5-km long fort is located 125 metres above the city which makes for an impressive and formidable structure. There are seven gates that lead into the fort. Inside the fort is a series of courtyards and palaces. The palace apartments with marvellously carved panels and latticed windows have evocative names such as Sukh Mahal (Pleasure Palace), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), the Phool Mahal (Flower Palace) and the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). These palaces house the trappings of Indian royalty including a superb collection of palanquins, elephant howdahs (used when the Maharajas rode their elephants in processions), miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture.

Hotel
Fateh Niwas Udaipur or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning, we drive towards the ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur ( 280 km approx.  7 hrs). En route, we’ll stop at Ranakpur to visit the intricate friezes and sculptures of this amazing Jain Temple. The main shrine of Adinath, with its 1444 exquisitely carved columns is the largest and most complex Jain temple in the country. 

After a short visit, continue to Udaipur, capital of the kingdom of Mewar, one of the oldest surviving dynasties in the world, established around 1567 A.D. Udaipur is a rich and beguiling tapestry of lakeside palaces, forts, temples, havelis and gardens, reflecting the varied influences over the centuries.

Hotel
Fateh Niwas Udaipur or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning, enjoy a half-day tour of the City of Lakes. Start with a visit to the City Palace standing atop a hill on the banks of Lake Pichola and surrounded by crenulated walls. Built in 1567, it is composed of four major and several minor palaces that form a single façade. Its main entrance is through a triple arched gate, the Tripolia, that was built in 1725. The gate leads to a series of courtyards, corridors and gardens. 

Continue on to Saheliyon-ki-Bari (Garden of the maids of honour), a small ornamental garden which was a popular relaxing spot where royal ladies came for a stroll, hence the name. The garden has many fountains in its four delightful pools, chiselled kiosks and marble elephants.

Optional Tour - Udaipur - Haveli Folk Show w/ Dinner

This evening, enjoy a dance performance in a magnificent setting. Set on the edge of Gangaur Ghat, built in the 18th century, is the imposing Bagore ki Haveli. 

Originally built by Amir Chand Bawa, the chief minister of the royal Mewar Court, the haveli became the home of Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore, who added three more storeys to the building. Now a museum, the haveli has been carefully restored with cultural displays, a fascinating collection of period photographs and paintings, jewellery and other artefacts. 

After the dance performance, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Start: 6:00pm
End: 9:00pm

Inclusions: return transfers, admittance to folk show, local guide, dinner at a local restaurant

Optional Tour - Udaipur - Lake Pichola Boat Ride

Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, the picturesque lake that entranced Maharaja Udai Singh and inspired him to build Udaipur. Hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments surround the lake and are mirrored in its placid blue waters. The lake itself is a romantic setting surrounding the gleaming white Lake Palace Hotel (known for being featured in the famous James Bond film, Octopussy) and the Jag Mandir, a refuge of the rebel Mughal prince, Shah Jahan.

Start: 2:30pm
End: 3:30pm

Inclusions: returns transfers, local guide, boat ticket

Hotel
The Fern Ecotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning drive to the pink city of Jaipur (415 km, approx. 7 hrs). Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. 

One of the most enticing cities in India, Jaipur is nestled between mighty forts and the rugged Aravalli Hills. Known as ‘the pink city’ its prominent buildings are washed in shades of red and pink. Founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1727, Jaipur is steeped in Rajput history and icharacterised by sites such as the City Palace with its astronomical Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the beautiful Amber Fort.

Hotel
The Fern Ecotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning enjoy a guided excursion to the fabulous hilltop citadel of Amber Fort. Enroute, stop for a photo at the intriguing red sandstone Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) – a five-storied beauty with an incredible pyramidal façade, overhanging windows with lattice screens, domes and spires. 

Crowning the crest of a hill, Amber Fort offers views of Maota Lake and the historic old town of Jaipur located at the base of the hill, which formed the early seat of the Amber kings before the fort was made their capital. Later this afternoon, enjoy a heritage walk in the pink city. Starting from the massive Tripolia Gate, make your way through the bustling lanes of Jaipur as you walk past beautiful temples and painted havelis. Wander through the streets as you see some of the gorgeous temples on both sides of the roads dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and the many forms of Lord Krishna.

Optional Tour - Jaipur - Guided City Palace & Museum

Explore the exquisite City Palace, a synthesis of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles, consisting of an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces. The Museum has a collection of Rajasthani costumes, an armoury of Mughals and Rajputs including swords of different shapes and sizes with chiselled handles.

Start: 2:00pm
End: 3:30pm

Inclusions: return transfers, entrance into the palace & museum, local guide

Optional Tour - Jaipur - Guided Jantar Mantar visit

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is one of the largest observatories in the world, comprising remarkable stone assemblies that help to interpret the position of celestial bodies and calculate local time. Enumerated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar attracts tourists, historians, astronomers, architects, mathematicians, and geographers. The collection of nineteen astronomical instruments in Jantar Mantar allows the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye. The monument is an exemplification of architectural innovations that was built on ideas from different religious and social beliefs in 18th-century India.

Start: 4:00pm
End: 6:00pm

Inclusions: return transfers, entrance into the observatory, local guide

Hotel
Hotel Clarks Shiraz or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today we depart for the Mughal city of Agra (237 km/ approx. 6 hrs).

Known to the world as the city of the ‘Taj Mahal’, Agra is still associated with the Mughals, who besides being great rulers were also great builders. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, forts and palaces is a vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire. 

This afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the bustling bazaars of Agra, keeping an eye out for a glimpse of Agra’s most famous building.

Optional Tour - Agra - Guide Tour Agra Fort

Visit the Agra Fort

Hotel
Hyatt Centric Janakpuri or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Rise early this morning for a spectacular sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty. Emperor Shah Jahan built this exquisite white marble mausoleum for his favourite queen Mumtaz Mahal. The monument was commissioned in 1631 and took 20,000 artisans, 22 years to complete. Witness the dramatic interplay of light as the sun rises and casts its golden rays over the pearl white tomb, recreating the magic of the Taj. After your visit, return to your hotel for breakfast.

Later this morning, continue to Delhi (202 km, approx. 4.5 hrs). Upon arrival, proceed to check in at your hotel where the rest of the day is free to relax in one of the many nearby cafes and restaurants.

Hotel
Pegasus Reef Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today you have at your leisure.

Approximately 4 hours prior to your flight to Sri Lanka, you will be transferred to Delhi International Airport (DEL) in time for your included flight.

Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), a local representative will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation on the outskirts of Colombo.

Hotel
EKHO Safari Tissa or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, we will head south towards the historical, seaside city of Galle where you will be treated to a guided tour. 

This is a city that exudes an essence with a perfect blend of past and present. Declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1988, the presence of Portuguese, Dutch and English is very evident in the fascinating architectural styles of the Galle Fort.

From Galle, continue following the coast to Sri Lanka’s most famous animal viewing location; Yala National Park.

After checking into your hotel, spend your afternoon on a guided game drive exploring the dynamic wildlife and the most luxuriant plant life in Yala National Park. Being one of the largest parks in Sri Lanka, it is the ideal place to sight the rare leopard!

Please note: sections of Yala National Park close due to conservation efforts each year between September and October. The closure dates are advised by the Sri Lankan government 1-2 months prior and differ each year. As Yala National Park is made up of multiple sections, if one section is closed due to conservation works we will visit one of the open sections.

Return to your hotel to relax and enjoy dinner.

Hotel
The Hill Club Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Leave Yala behind us and continue the journey to Nuwara Eliya. Often referred to as ‘Little England’, this genteel highland community does have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village feel to it, with its colonial-era bungalows.

Stop en route at Ella where you will board Sri Lanka’s most iconic train journey through the beautiful scenes of the tea country. Pass by various waterfalls, sweeping hills, cloud covered peaks and, at each stop, feel free to mingle with the locals.

On arrival into Nunaoya Station, you will be transferred to your hotel before dinner.

Hotel
The Hill Club Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Go slow today. If you are feeling adventurous, you can book onto the additional excursion to Horton Plains National Park where you can undertake various walks to suit your ability.

Lunch will be at your leisure.

This afternoon, enjoy an Inspiring Taste at probably the most talked of outlet in Nuwara Eliya, the Grand Tea Lounge. Here we enjoy an iconic High Tea at the Grand Hotel.

This evening, enjoy dinner before retiring to your hotel.

Optional Tour - Horton Plains & World's End

At approximately 5:30am, leave for Horton Plains National Park. This park holds great importance due to the rich and unique biodiversity and being a catchment area feeding some of the main rivers of Sri Lanka. It is also known to be a 'super biodiversity hotspot' and thus declared a UNESCO site in 2010. The national park is most famous for the vista - World's End.

You will be accompanied by a private escort the entire duration of the hike - from the Horton Plains Park Park Office, to World's End (via Mini World's End) and back. Wear strong and comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunglasses. Bring sunscreen, food and water. The weather can change very quickly on the plains – one minute it can be sunny and clear, the next chilly and misty. Bring a few extra layers of warm clothing.

Start time: 5:30am departure from hotel
End time: 12:30pm return to hotel
Distance: 7.5km round trip - 150m elevation gain
Inclusions: return transfers, entrance into Horton Plains National Park, packed breakfast, private escort

There are no safety rails available so we recommend this activity for those who are physically fit and go on long walks often. We do not recommend this if you have a difficult time walking along uneven, potentially wet, and rocky terrain. 

Hotel
Amaya Hills or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Nuwara for Kandy.

En route, visit a Tea Plantation and Factory. Here you will enjoy an absolute tea experience, taking you from the moment young tea leaves are plucked to being processed in the factory to make a steaming cup of tea. If you are interested, the tea factory is the best place to purchase high quality tea.

Discover the rich history of Kandy, once known as Senkadagala, during its time as the Hill Capital from 1514-1815 AD. Named a UNESCO heritage site in 1988, Kandy boasts a beautiful lake, historic temples like the Temple of the Tooth Relic, and well-preserved ruins of the royal palaces.

Some time this afternoon, your guide will take you into the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century A.D, the sacred relic has ever since been the symbol of sovereignty for its ruler and always enshrined in great splendour.

This evening you will be treated to a traditional Sri Lankan Cultural performance.

Hotel
SigiriyaJungles or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today, head north into the region dominated by Sri Lanka’s history - Sigiriya.

En route to Sigiriya, stop at a local spice garden. Sri Lanka has a very proud history of its spices, which have unique flavours, colours and aromas. During the 1500s, Portuguese, Dutch and British took these local spices to the world and thus, Sri Lanka became famous for such spices as cinnamon, black pepper, clove, cumin, cardamom, turmeric and ginger. These spices are continually used in homes throughout the world today.

Be taken on a guided tour of Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. This UNESCO heritage site dates back to the 3rd Century BC and boasts 157 statues and extraordinary paintings covering a vast 2100m2 area, making it the most impressive cave complex in Sri Lanka. It's truly a masterpiece worth experiencing.

This afternoon, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Hotel
SigiriyaJungles or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, leave on bicycles (or walking) through Augandawa Village, visit the local temple and evoke blessings from the priest. Visit a villager’s house and enjoy a warm herbal drink (with Sri Lankan short eats) or a king coconut. Ride through the village passing paddy fields and Chena cultivations.

From here, get your chef’s hat ready as you will be taking part in a cooking demonstration of Sri

Lankan rice and curry preparation (5-6 curries) and enjoy the typical Sri Lankan lunch overlooking the paddy fields or the garden.

In the afternoon, we'll take a sightseeing tour of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital city of Sri Lanka (1017-1235 AD). Polonnaruwa was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 after the fall of Anuradhapura.

Return to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure prior to dinner.

Hotel
SigiriyaJungles or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning, we'll climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (also known as Lion's Rock) - an extraordinary artistic complex dating back to 477-498 AD. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has become a global attraction due to its unique architecture.

Please note: since elephants are migratory animals, we may visit Wasgamuwa National Park on this day instead, based on the elephant locations.

Spend this afternoon at your leisure.

Hotel
Adaaran Club Rannalhi or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today marks the end of your time in Sri Lanka as you are transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Malé.

On arrival into Velana International Airport (MLE), you will be met and transferred by speedboat to your accommodation in Kaafu Atoll. 

Welcome to Paradise! A visit to the Maldives is truly a dream come true. This stunning tropical nation lies within the Indian Ocean and is composed of 26 colourful coral atolls composed of hundreds of idyllic islands. The Maldives is world famous for its beautiful beaches, sapphire blue lagoons and extensive coral reefs. 

Upon arrival you will be welcomed and then transferred to your hotel by speed boat. After checking in, the rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure, taking in the gorgeous tropical landscape.

Your all inclusive package includes:

  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily - snacks & cakes are available outside main mealtimes
  • Tea, coffee, iced tea, cordials & water are available from 7.30am to midnight
  • Whisky, brandy, gin, vodka, rum, draft beer, house wines, soft drinks, selected cocktails & mocktails beverages are served until midnight (no alcoholic beverages for guests under 18 years of age). Additional cost may apply during excursions
  • - meals and drinks are included until midday on the date of departure

Hotel
Adaaran Club Rannalhi or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning enjoy a delicious breakfast while admiring the surrounding low-lying islands that make up the utopian Maldives. Every atoll here is formed by centuries of coral reef growth, and each is encircled by a shallow lagoon, protected by the surrounding reef systems. The islands here have tropical castaway qualities: tall coconut palms, white sandy beaches and crystal clear lagoons. Today you may enjoy an entire day of leisure, participating in some of the many exciting activities that the islands have to offer.

Our hotel offers some phenomenal snorkelling opportunities, where you can explore the shallow oases at the island's edge. You may also choose to enjoy some exciting optional water sport activities, such as catamaran sailing where you can experience the thrill of riding the winds and speeding through the crystal waters. Canoeing may also appeal to those who seek tranquillity while they enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. Windsurfing is also an activity available to the more adventurous. There really is no end to the adventures you may seek as you explore the wonderful Maldives - jet-skiing, parasailing, and scuba diving may also be on your list.

Hotel
Adaaran Club Rannalhi or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following another delicious breakfast this morning, you may enjoy yet another day of leisure in the dreamy Maldives. Enjoy any number of the incredible activities available to you, and make the most of your fantastic adventure here. Alternatively, relax on the beach and take in the picture-perfect surroundings while dipping your toes in the warm, luscious waters of the Indian Ocean. You will have never known true relaxation until you set foot on this luxurious white sandy beach.

Meals
Breakfast

Unfortunately, today marks the end of your incredible tour through Sri Lanka and The Maldives.

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred by speed boat to Malé Airport in time for your departure flight.

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Welcome home, we hope you have been truly inspired with memories to last a lifetime.

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares included
  • Small group tour, with no more than 16 travellers
  • Incredible sightseeing including Old and New Delhi, the stunning golden city of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur's majestic Mehrangarh Fort, Udaipur – the City of Lakes, the little visited Jain Temples at Ranakpur, iconic Taj Mahal, Jaipur's Amber Fort and Palace of the Winds, historical Galle Fort and Sigiriya, a famous train ride through Sri Lanka’s tea plantations, animal searching in Yala National Park and many more
  • 21 nights in central 4 and 5-star accommodation
  • 3 nights in the Maldives staying at the stunning Adaaran Resort
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 8 dinners
  • Daily breakfasts, lunch and dinner, including alcoholic drinks & soft drinks during your stay at Adaaran Resort
  • Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide in both India & Sri Lanka
  • International flight from Delhi to Colombo and Colombo to Malé
  • Comfortable, dedicated, air-conditioned transportation throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

  • Delhi – Enjoy a city tour in Old and New Delhi
  • Delhi – Walk through the bustling laneways of Chandni Chowk
  • Delhi – Visit the UNESCO-listed Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi
  • Bikaner – Enjoy a tour of one of the most interesting forts in Bikaner, Junagarh
  • Jaisalmer – Explore this stunning golden city in the Thar Desert
  • Ranakpur – See the intricate friezes and sculptures of this amazing Jain Temple
  • Jodhpur – View the Blue of Jodhpur from the ramparts of Mehrangarh fort
  • Udaipur – Enjoy a half-day tour of the 'City of Lakes', including the City Palace
  • Jaipur – Admire Jaipur’s hilltop citadel, the Amber Fort and the Palace of Winds
  • Agra – Witness the world’s most revered monument of love, the Taj Mahal
  • Galle – Explore the famous and historical Galle Fort
  • Yala National Park – Enjoy a game drive in arguably the world’s best place to spy leopards
  • Nuwara Eliya – Ride the famous train through Sri Lanka’s picturesque tea plantations
  • Nuwara Eliya – Indulge in a high tea experience at the historical Grand Hotel
  • Nuwara Eliya – Learn about Sri Lanka’s largest export at a tea factory
  • Kandy – Embrace the Buddhist beliefs whilst exploring the spiritual Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Dambulla – Visit the architectural wonder of the Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Sigiriya – Climb the monolithic Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Sigiriya – Slow down during a walk (or cycle) through Augandawa Village
  • Sigiriya – tantalising your taste buds as you try your hand at cooking traditional Sri Lankan dishes during a cooking class
  • Sigiriya – Understand the ancient history of Sri Lanka during a guided tour of Polonnaruwa
  • Sigiriya – Embark on an exclusive safari drive at Minneriya National Park
  • Maldives - Relax on one of the 1000 blissful islands that make up the Maldives

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $1,226.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $2,452.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This package is a flight inclusive package

This package includes international airfares and flights will be added to your booking at no additional cost. Select your departure city after clicking ‘Book Now’.

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a ”3”

Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. While tipping is not customary, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $2,858.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
Minimum of 2 and Maximum of 16 people

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Tour Length
The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

Upgrade your three nights in The Maldives from a standard to a water bungalow for an extra NZD$574 per person in a double/twin room or NZD$1149 per person in a single room.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Jaisalmer Desert Camel Ride (Day 6) - $57 per person
  • Udaipur - Haveli Folk Show w/ Dinner (Day 9) - $57 per person
  • Udaipur - Lake Pichola Boat Ride (Day 9) - $38 per person
  • Jaipur - Guided City Palace & Museum (Day 11) - $57 per person
  • Jaipur - Guided Jantar Mantar visit (Day 11) - $41 per person
  • Agra - Guide Tour Agra Fort (Day 12) - $32 per person
  • Horton Plains & World's End (Day 17) - $99 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $159.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $159.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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