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Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: The Taj Mahal & Agra

Tour description

There are few places in the world that evoke such profound impact on its visitors as the Taj Mahal in Agra. Once the capital of the great Mughal Empire, Agra in itself is well worth a visit for its repository of some of the Mughals' most famous monuments. Both the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1983.

02MIDCMB-K The Taj Mahal & Agra

Departure: March 15, 2013

Duration: 3 Days/ 2 Nights

Rejoin ship: Cochin, March 17, 2013  

Reserve by: December 10, 2012

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by December 10, 2012. Requests received after this date are on a space available basis only. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing.  Guests will need to be in possession of an Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise.

A visit to India's treasured World Heritage Sites evokes images of royalty and legendary tales of love and valor. There are few places in the world that compare with the mesmerising Taj Mahal and the awe-inspiring Agra Fort. These outstanding attractions are amongst India's 'jewels in the crown', drawing thousands of visitors each year from all over the globe. From the magnificent and timeless beauty of the Taj Mahal to the imposing Agra Fort, guests are able to enjoy a treasure trove of unforgettable sights that will enthrall even the most jaded traveler.

DAY ONE - Friday, March 15, 2013 - Colombo/Delhi

Depart the ship for the transfer to the Colombo airport for a scheduled flight to Delhi. Upon arrival, you are met and taken to The Oberoi for check-in. The Oberoi New Delhi represents contemporary Indian style in the bustling heart of New Delhi, with a mix of traditional luxury and modern amenities. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi - Delhi.

DAY TWO - Saturday, March 16, 2013 - Delhi/Agra  

After breakfast and check out, depart the hotel and commence the journey to Agra, a drive of approximately 4.5 hours with a rest stop en route. As the coach passes through villages and farmlands, your guide will fill you in on the region and its people. (Note: A new road is expected to open in the near future, which may shorten the drive by about one hour.)

Welcome to Agra! As the capital of the Mughal dynasties in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra also was the repository of many of the Mughals most famous monuments. The city has long astonished visitors with sites that date back to the Mughal empire.

You are taken directly to The Oberoi Amarvilas for lunch and check-in. The luxury hotel is a mere 650 yards (600 metres) from the Taj Mahal, thus offering you a first glimpse of the stunningly beautiful mausoleum.

This afternoon, visit the Agra Fort, the town's second important attraction after the Taj Mahal. The massive fort contains within its 1.5 mile-long (2.5 km-long), red sandstone walls the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises fairy-tale palaces, audience halls and two beautiful mosques. Founded in the 16th century, the vast complex experienced many additions by subsequent rulers. Here Shah Jehan was held captive by his son and spent his days gazing out from his room toward the Taj Mahal across the river.

Leave Agra Fort and proceed for a sunset visit to the Taj Mahal - Shah Jehan's enduring monument to love. The unique beauty of this magnificent mausoleum in pure white marble provides a breathtaking image as soon as you emerge from the arched entry gateway. Emperor Shah Jehan, fifth of the great Mughal emperors was devoted to his wife Mumtaz Mahal, meaning literally jewel of the palace. She died at the age of 39 giving birth to their fourteenth child. The shah envisioned a memorial that would surpass anything the world had ever seen. Thousands of labourers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy were commissioned to construct this incredible masterpiece. The rays of the setting sun make the monument a wonder to behold. You can enter the mausoleum and stroll around the extensive grounds.

Return to the hotel, where dinner will be served.

Overnight accommodation at The Oberoi Amarvilas - Agra.

DAY THREE - Sunday, March 17, 2013 - Agra/Delhi/Cochin

For another look at the Taj Mahal during sunrise you will leave the hotel before breakfast. Then, return to the hotel and enjoy breakfast followed by check out. Commence the return drive to Delhi, with a comfort stop en route. Depending on flight times, an early lunch will be provided at the airport hotel, or a boxed lunch. Proceed to the airport check-in for a scheduled flight to Cochin, connecting in Chennai. Upon arrival at the Cochin airport, you are met and transferred to the pier, where the ship awaits your return.

Please note:  This tour involves fairly long drives and extensive walking at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. We recommend wearing lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Remember to bring sunscreen, a hat and your camera. Shoe covers are provided for the interior visit of Taj Mahal mausoleum. Be aware that the programme may require adjusting in the event of flight changes. Guests will need to be in possession of an Indian visa obtained prior to joining the cruise.

Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at The Oberoi New Delhi (or similar) - Delhi

·        One-night stay at The Oberoi Amarvilas (or similar)- Agra

·        Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Colombo/Delhi/Cochin (the flight Delhi/Cochin connects in Chennai - unless there is a direct flight available in 2013)

           (Business Class may be requested at a supplemental charge, subject to availability)

·        Two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks)

·        Roundtrip transfer by battery operated vehicles to and from the Taj Mahal entrance gate

·        Shoe covers at the Taj Mahal to enter mausoleum

·        Still and video camera fees

·        Bottled water on coach

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary

Not Included:

Indian visa, any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.

All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.